The Blues have some work to do in the summer transfer window, but adding another forward isn’t a necessity.
Chelsea are preparing an offer for Bayern Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle and are prepared to use Kevin de Bruyne as a makeweight.
Leverkusen are willing to sell the German for the right price, according to Bild, and Chelsea believe £12m in addition to their promising Belgian will prove sufficiently tempting.
The London club were last summer interest in Schurrle but were discouraged from making a move and instead signed Oscar, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin.
Those particular signings—in addition to the possibility of Romelu Lukaku returning from loan—make spending £12 million on another forward a foolish endeavor. Defense and holding midfielders should be the Blues’ primary focus this summer, and that money would be much better spent improving both areas.
There is a potential caveat, however.
According to Graham Hill of The Sun, Lukaku would like to remain on loan next term in hopes of earning a starting role in the 2014 World Cup. While nothing has been decided—and it seems unlikely Chelsea would allow him to play elsewhere another year—Lukaku’s presence with the club next term isn’t guaranteed.
What do Chelsea most need to address this summer?
Should Lukaku not return, selling de Bruyne in exchange for Schurrle may not be the worst idea, but it would still leave some holes in midfield. Holding midfielders will present more value going forward, though there’s no denying de Bruyne’s talent, especially after an impressive showing on loan with Werder Bremen.
All signings present some risk, of course, and every big move has the potential for a big reward as well. Schurrle’s versatility would allow him to play in rotation with Mata, Oscar and Hazard up front, but would that be the best situation for the budding star?
Chelsea will have to answer that question as they weigh all their options, but there’s certainly plenty of risk in making a big-money move for the 22-year-old. If the Blues have an opportunity to address their more pressing needs this summer, signing Schurrle should be put on the back burner.