Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Andre Schurrle Isn't Worth Leverkusen's Price Tag
Andre Schurrle is a talented player with a ton of upside, but his price tag isn't worth it for Chelsea.
According to Metro's Jamie Sanderson, the Blues are interested in the 21-year-old Bayern Leverkusen winger:
Schurrle is currently away with the Germany squad at Euro 2012, where he is being monitored by Chelsea scouts, who are considering testing the water with an £7 million bid.
Leverkusen are certain to want more - closer to the £15 million bracket - but the Blues have only been following the player closely for a few months, and are unlikely to want to pay anything near that figure.
Chelsea have already brought Eden Hazard and Marko Marin into the fold. They've lost Didier Drogba, but their offense will be just fine without his thunderous scoring ability.
If the Blues can get Schurrle for £7 million, the signing would make sense. But it makes a lot less sense for £15 million. He's a talented player, but Chelsea should either save the money or spend it elsewhere during the season.
Schurrle has scored seven goals in 31 appearances for Leverkusen. He's a dangerous player, but Bundesliga competition is far behind the English Premier League's level. He would have to adapt to the rigors of his new league, and all of a sudden, he becomes a semi-pricey experiment.
His speed and agility in the open field would be welcomed in Chelsea's current lineup. He possesses the ball, and he uses his technical savvy to open up the defense. The Blues could use his skill set on the wing without a doubt.
But he is just a contingency plan, and Chelsea admit that much. In Sanderson's article, he speaks of their ideal situation on the wing:
The Blues are keen on adding at least one more winger to their squad this summer, despite the addition of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin for a combined £38 million, and manager Roberto Di Matteo has drawn up a list of four targets.
Wigan flyer Victor Moses is the priority, but Chelsea were warned off the player last week by Latics chairman Dave Whelan, who has already snubbed Di Matteo's £4 million offer.
Spending money is fine. It's necessary to compete in the English Premier League, but you must spend it wisely.
This seems like Chelsea are throwing money around just for the sake of doing it. They missed their mark on Moses, so Di Matteo wants to add to his roster in another way. Rather than spending money on a relatively unknown commodity, he should take a wait-and-see approach.
With or without Schurrle's services, the Blues will be in contention on the EPL table next season.
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