Chelsea are reportedly close to signing German forward Andre Schurrle from Bayern Leverkusen. It is a rumor that has received mixed reactions from Chelsea fans, but even though the deal may have hit a stumbling block, there is no denying that the young striker has talent.
Schurrle is just 22 years old, and if De Bruyne is offered in exchange, it could be a good deal for the Blues.
Here are three reasons why Andre Schurrle would be a good addition to the Chelsea squad next season.
Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres are two of Chelsea's potential front-line players for next season.
Although Chelsea are not lacking in attacking flair, provided by players such as Juan Mata and Eden Hazard among others, a big question mark still hangs over the future of that central striker position.
Fernando Torres has been a mixed bag this season, and if he is still at Stamford Bridge next year, he cannot be relied upon to carry the mantle alone. If Chelsea are to compete for trophies next year, they will need greater depth up front.
Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku can provide some of that depth, but both have yet to be tested in a regular role for a trophy-winning side, and thus they remain unknown quantities.
Schurrle would provide another option, and create enough depth that Chelsea would be covered in case of a busy schedule or a long injury list. Whether he becomes the regular starting striker, or more of a squad player, he is worth the investment for the Blues. Another bonus could be the ability to give Chelsea's new manager the option of experimenting with different formations.
Chelsea have also been linked to Radamel Falcao for considerably more money.
The number being floated around is usually around the £20 million mark, along with a swap for Kevin De Bruyne who is currently on loan with Werder Bremen.
Although keeping De Bruyne might also be an option, he offers a style of play that would be surplus to requirements at the Bridge, whereas Schurrle could perhaps offer something different.
What's more, it's clear that Chelsea are looking for a new striker, and their other rumored target, Radamel Falcao, would be more than twice the price of Schurrle.
There is no denying that Falcao has had a much better season, but he is older than Schurrle and the last thing that Chelsea needs is another expensive gamble. He also seems to be set on staying at Athletico Madrid for the foreseeable future.
The nice thing about adding Schurrle to the Chelsea roster would be that, aside from being a talented forward, he can also play as a winger.
This would be a nice compliment to the squad, as it would allow the manager to switch things up in big games without making a substitution. Chelsea would effectively be getting two players in one.
This would also allow for better squad rotation. Chelsea have been relying heavily on Juan Mata this season, but the Spaniard cannot be expected to play and produce his best for every game in every competition. A player like Schurrle could help to ease the pressure.