Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, with the Blues ready to spend €22 million to bring the attacking midfielder to Stamford Bridge, Die Welt has reported.
The report states Schurrle could sign a new deal through 2018 if the two clubs can reach an agreement on a transfer free. Officials from the German side are reportedly expected in London on Friday in an attempt to hammer out the remaining details.
It's not the first time the Blues have shown interest in the 22-year-old rising star. A prior attempt to land him was turned away, but the apparent agreement on personal terms moves them one step closer to getting a deal done this time around.
Schurrle would bring a dynamic skill set to Chelsea. He combines good speed and strength on the ball with improved finishing ability and an endless motor. It's allowed him to show further signs of progress in his second season with Leverkusen.
The German international has scored nine goals and chipped in five assists in 29 Bundesliga. He also found the net twice in six matches during the Europa League.
As the Blues look ahead to next season, it's clear they are going to need some more offensive talent if they want to keep pace with Manchester United atop the Premier League. Inconsistent production from Fernando Torres and January addition Demba Ba continues to be an issue.
Schurrle is the type of player who can handle various different roles, whether it be playing on the wing, a more centralized attacking midfield role or even as a lead striker. That type of versatility is helpful when constructing a lineup.
There's still work left to do, though. Chelsea and Leverkusen still must come to terms on the fee, which is almost always easier said than done. That said, the reported meeting is a positive sign.
All told, Schurrle would be a very nice addition for Chelsea as they look to get a jump-start on their preparations for next season.