Chelsea Transfer News: Blues' Failed Bid for Schurrle a Blessing in Disguise
Chelsea seem set to miss out on signing their German target.
Last season, the Blues had shown interest in 21-year-old striker Andre Schurrle, who you may remember from his (unimpressive) start against Greece for Germany in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals.
It had been reported that Chelsea had renewed interest in the young forward, a claim that seems to have been substantiated today by Bayer Leverkusen CEO Wolfgang Holzhauser.
However, Holzhauser's comments to German news agency SID indicated that his club was actually rejecting an extremely hefty offer from the London club:
"We were presented with a very concrete offer from Chelsea for Andre of beyond the € 20 million mark. The sum was pushed back and forth between the two clubs, but we eventually opted to hold on to Andre. Andre is very valuable for us on the pitch. He has also made it very clear that he is happy to stay with us."
For Chelsea, this is a setback that may be a blessing in disguise.
After Didier Drogba left the club at the end of the season, Chelsea have been looking to bolster their attack in the transfer window.
However, a deal with Wigan for Victor Moses failed to come to fruition last month.
This is clearly a disheartening outcome to this bid, as they have failed to get a striker under contract in two attempts.
On the other hand, the rejection of the bid looks to be quite a break for Chelsea.
While Schurrle is a young talent with great potential, €20 million is quite a large figure for his services.
Such a bid would probably have been a gross overuse of funds, as such a player who is just starting his career is not worth that kind of money.
In short, this rejection puts Chelsea back to square one in terms of possible strikers to sign, yet is probably a result they will look back upon with relief.
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