Transfer confirmed: Chelsea reach agreement with Bayer Leverkusen over forward Andre Schurrle in £18m deal

The German has been a long-term target for the west London club

André Schürrle is set to become Jose Mourinho’s first signing since returning to Chelsea after an £18m deal with Bayer Leverkusen was agreed. The 22-year-old Germany forward has been a long-term target for the Blues and will now discuss personal terms and undergo a medical before completing the move.

The Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has not been included as part of the deal, despite reports suggesting the Belgian would be heading in the opposite direction.

Mourinho was confirmed as the new Chelsea manager on 3 June but Leverkusen revealed that the Stamford Bridge club had expressed an interest in Schurrle before the former Real Madrid manager’s appointment. Schurrle scored 11 goals in 34 league games in 2012-13 for Leverkusen, who finished in the third and final automatic Champions League qualifying place in the Bundesliga.

Schurrle, who is comfortable playing on the wing or in a central striking  role, has also impressed for Germany – scoring seven goals in 24 appearances – and was included in their Euro 2012 squad.

Mourinho, who agreed a four-year deal to return to Stamford Bridge following his departure from  Real Madrid, admitted it was “normal” to expect some fresh faces to be added to the squad.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with Napoli’s £30m-rated frontman Edinson Cavani, who is said to also be on the radars of Manchester City and Madrid, as well as Wayne Rooney, should the England striker be sold by Manchester United.

However, the new Chelsea manager, who won the Champions League for a second time with Internazionale after leaving Stamford Bridge six years ago, maintained that he was also looking to bring on the club’s younger players in the new campaign.

And the likes of 21-year-old Belgium international De Bruyne – along with striker Romelu Lukaku, who is 20 – are likely to be given an opportunity to prove themselves in the new regime next season. Speaking earlier this week, Mourinho said: “These ‘kids’ – and I say that respectfully – have big potential and big space for improvement. They have not reached their best level.

“The stability the owner and I can give them is related to work – in the methods, the coaching philosophy, in my leadership, in everything that can help them improve.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory