German side VFL Wolfsburg are planning a transfer swoop for Chelsea and German forward Andre Schurrle with an audacious of bid of around €30million muted.
The German has been at the centre of transfer speculation as his future at the London club get increasingly fuzzy with each passing day. And as expected, the player will be linked to a host of clubs around Europe with the winter transfer window already opened.
The Bundesliga outfit are believed to have set their sight on signing the pacey forward/winger and could test Chelsea’s resolve with an initial offer of €30million to bring the 24-year-old to Volkswagen Arena.
Andre Schurrle joined Chelsea in the summer of 2013 after an impressive season at Bayer Leverkusen in a €21million deal. He made a bright start to his Chelsea career but consistency has seem to be his bane at the club.
He has struggled for first team action this season under Jose Mourinho especially after a series of illness kept him out of action earlier in the season. He has only managed five starts in the league this season and has recently been substituted at half time in each of his last two starts for the club due to his lack of form.
Jose Mourinho afterthe Capital One Cup game against Bolton Wanderers singled out the German for criticism due to his unimpressive showing in the game.
Mourinho like all his attacking players especially the wingers to put on a defensive shift anytime his team is defending and want all his players to have a bit of defensive qualities. Which is an attribute lacking in the German’s game.
Schurrle has not really adapted or improved his defensive qualities as much as Willian and Hazard reason Mourinho prefers the two ahead of the German in his team.
Schurrles’ lack of game time has seen him drawn interest from top European clubs both within and outside England but Wolfsburg are already in front of the queue to sign the World Cup star.
The Bundesliga outfit are looking to lure another Chelsea winger away from Stamford Bridge with the prospect of offering them a regular playing time.
Wolfsburg signed Belgian Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea last winter in a €21million deal after the Belgian found himself in the same position as Schurrle in Jose Mourinho’s plans.
Kevin de Bruyne has gone ahead to establish himself as one the best player at Volkswagen Arena since making the switch and that could tempt Schurrle to join the club.
Wolfsburg are also second on the Bundesliga table 11points behind leaders Bayern Munich and would see Schurrle as a quality player who could help them consolidate their league position and qualify automatically for the lucrative UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea are not looking to be active in the transfer market this January and it is yet to be seen if Jose Mourinho would be willing to allow any of his players leave the club this January especially with the club fighting for laurels at all front.
The Blues will need a large squad to choose from as they approach the run in into titles and it will be difficult to allow Schurrle leave this window. The prospect of winning titles with Chelsea might be tempting enough to persuade Schurrle to stick with the club at least for the remainder of the season.
The quoted €30million fee is big enough price to tempt any club to want to sell, but Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea board will assess any offer and take the decision that is best for the club going forward.
Schurrle is a big and quality player. His impressive performance for Germany over the summer World Cup in Brazil helped the Joachim Low men in winning the World cup. His lack of regular action may have helped dip his form but he is a great player who can show quality when fully fit and will still come good at Chelsea as well as be a good addition to any side.