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In a transfer saga that started as far back as last summer, Bayer Leverkusen look to have finally loosened their grip on Andre Schurrle and are seemingly close to letting their star attacker leave for Stamford Bridge.
Kicker (h/t BBC Sport) published a story earlier in the week claiming that Schurrle’s own club believed the player had agreed to a deal with Chelsea in anticipation of a summer transfer.
In the piece, Bayer’s general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser is quoted as saying, "Andre Schurrle has probably signed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea. We have received a concrete offer for a fee, which we are considering."
Holzhauser goes on to say, "The price alone is not decisive. We must also have alternatives, which we don't have yet."
A big factor in Schurrle’s departure and the perceived reason as to why he didn’t leave in January is due to his current side not being able to find a replacement in time.
Although Holzhauser’s words give substance to the story, Kevin De Bruyne, who spent a successful season on loan with Werder Bremen, could yet come in to play some part in this switch.