Chelsea may have a new manager, but the Blues still really want to land German forward Andre Schurrle in the January transfer window.
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With little depth at the striker position and the posting fee for Radamel Falcao likely to scare many teams away if he's even moved before the summer, expect Schurrle to be the apple of Roman Abramovich's eye.
From Alan Nixon of The Mirror:
Chelsea are chasing German striker Andre Schurrle—in case Rafa Benitez needs more help sorting out Fernando Torres.
Roman Abramovich sent his top scout to watch the powerful forward in action for Bayer Leverkusen last night as the Stamford Bridge club prepare a new offer.
Schurrle was a target in the summer when Roberto di Matteo was looking for a strong attacker to replace Didier Drogba in his squad.
And now—with Torres still lacking competition, cover and help—Schurrle is firmly back on the radar for the fallen Champions League winners.
The one concern with bringing in Schurrle is that Chelsea will be a garage full of fancy cars with a shelf full of unmarked keys. Torres and Schurrle are solid options in attack, but can they co-exist together? Will they have to split time? Will Torres accept more time on the bench?
It's not just at striker where Chelsea may struggle to find balance. Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar are all wonderful players on the attack, but none mark back defensively and often leave the defense a bit exposed.
One wonders if Chelsea would do well to make another true holding midfielder its top priority and then worry about adding another striker behind Torres.
But that wouldn't be the Abramovich way, now would it be? And since his eye is sure to be on a splashy, attacking player, Schurrle would come cheaper than Falcao in the summer, is likely versatile enough to make it work with Torres and would give the team more goal-scoring punch.
In other words, it's not the ideal move for my vision of the team, but it is for the Abramovich's vision.
And he's the one with the dough.
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