Arsenal transfer news: Bayer Leverkusen's reject £20m bid for Lars Bender

Bayer Leverkusen have turned down a €23m (£19.7m) offer from Arsenal for midfielder Lars Bender, according to reports in Germany.

Isco of Spain celebrates scoring a penalty during the UEFA European U21 2013 Championships Final match between Spain and Italy

Real Madrid confirm Isco deal - leaving Manchester City still scouting for a playmaker

Reports in Spain suggest fee will be about €27m

Andre Schurrle

André Schürrle excited to work with Jose Mourinho

New Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is excited about the prospect of working with Jose Mourinho after becoming the Portuguese's first signing of his second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Andre Schurrle

Chris McGrath: What does André Schürrle’s desertion say of the 'perfect template' that is the Bundesliga?

Schürrle has left Germany’s third best team to be a squad player at Chelsea

Andre Schurrle

André Schürrle signs for Chelsea: Profile

Thee Chelsea and André Schürrle transfer saga is finally over.

Chelsea want to buy midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia from Seville

Chelsea target £10m France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia

Jose Mourinho makes Seville defensive midfielder a key target and warns against over-spending

Andy Carroll

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll set for medical at West Ham

The England striker spent last season on loan at Upton Park

New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho talks to the media during the Chealsea FC press conference at Stamford Bridge (Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho says FFP rules will be a 'motivating' factor in second spell at Chelsea

Spending will be restricted to ensure significant losses are not made

Chelsea have agreed a fee of £19m for Leverkusen’s André Schürrle

Roman Abramovich's senior adviser, Marina Granovskaia, joins Chelsea hierarchy

Granovskaia has been involved in the club since 2010

Andre Schurrle

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

Alex Ferguson:

Sam Wallace: I survived the hairdryer, but there's a lot more to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson than that

Reporters were always a thorn in the Manchester United manager’s side but rows often owed much to what he thought had been written

£20m Bayer Leverkusen star Andre Schurrle 'has already signed for Chelsea'

General manager Wolfgang Holzhauser reveals suspicion that German international has signed a pre-contract with the Premier League club

Bayern Munich celebrate their 7-0 aggregate victory over Barcelona

Champions League: Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund prepare for dress-rehearsal in the Bundesliga this weekend

The sides meet this weekend before the Champions League final later this month

Barcelona's head coach Tito Vilanova (R) talks to his players during a training session

Tito Vilanova pledges to carry on at Barcelona

The Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova, has vowed that he will still be in charge next season – as long as his health allows him to continue.

Andre Schurrle

Chelsea to secure £20m Andre Schurrle deal 'within days'

The Bayer Leverkusen player looks destined for Stamford Bridge

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