Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Blues Shouldn't Overspend to Land Andre Schurrle

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12:  Andre Schurrle of Bayer Leverkusen during the pre season friendly match between Liverpool and Bayer Leverkusen at Anfield on August 12, 2012 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)
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In shocking news—well, rumors actually—Chelsea is prepared to splash a large amount of cash to add a big name, Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle, to the club over the summer.

The question that remains is whether or not that would really be the best way for Chelsea to spend its money.

From Alan Nixon of the Mirror:

Chelsea are ready to open talks this week with powerful German striker Andre Schurrle abut a £20 million switch to Stamford Bridge.

Roman Abramovich has opened the cheque book for the Bayer Leverkusen hitman who will be sold by the Bundesliga outfit in the summer.

Representatives of Schurrle's camp were at the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City at Wembley yesterday and will discuss personal terms shortly.

The question is: Does Chelsea really need help at the forward position? Over the summer, the team added Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Marko Marin to the wings, along with Oscar, who also thrives in attacking positions.

Plus, arguably the team's best player, Juan Mata, resides out wide and drifts in centrally in the attack.

This summer, Demba Ba was added as another striking option along with Fernando Torres, giving Chelsea two solid options at the position.

So where exactly would Schurrle fit in? And for £20 million, should Chelsea really overspend to figure it out?

This season, the German international has scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for Leverkusen. Just 22 years of age, Schurrle's potential is unmistakable.

But should Chelsea really be focusing on a forward rather than looking to solidify the midfield or shore up the defense? 

Frank Lampard is likely to be gone. John Terry and Ashley Cole aren't getting any younger. The pair of Ramires and John Obi Mikel is solid, but each can play inconsistently, and a true holding midfielder to add into a rotation would be a wise way to spend some money.

It's also possible that a player like Torres will be sold off this summer and the addition of Schurrle will be a necessity, but for now this looks like a very pricey move for a player who could possibly get lost in a sea of talented Chelsea forwards. 

For the future it makes a lot of sense, but for a team that should be focused on winning a Premier League title next year, I'm not so sure it's the primary position that needs to be addressed.

But hey, I'm not the guy with the checkbook.


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