Andre Schurrle: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

The fashions and trends in football are evolving, and right now, the latest fad is the Bundesliga and German players, in particular.

It seems every major club across the continent must have one within its ranks, and Andre Schurrle is just one of the many German names being linked with a big-money move this summer.

He is certainly a talent, but coming with a price tag in the region of £20 million, will he prove good value for whoever persuades him to leave current club Bayer Leverkusen?


Age: 22

Contract Situation: Like many Bundesliga clubs, Leverkusen are very astute when it comes to their transfer dealings. Knowing the talent they had on their hands when they signed Schurrle from Mainz in 2011, the club put him on a lengthy five-year deal, meaning he still has three years to run. It gives the club all the bargaining power it needs when negotiating a fee for his services.

Career Stops: Mainz (2009-11), Bayer Leverkusen (2011-current)

Current Campaign: Bundesliga: 34 games, 13 goals, seven assists; German Cup: three games, one goal, one assist; Europa League: six games, two goals, one assist

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Scouting Guide: During his two seasons with Bayer Leverkusen, Schurrle has shown himself to be a versatile player, featuring on the wing or through the middle when required.

He has bags of skill and pace to burn as well—a combination that, when put to good effect, often sees defenders lagging behind, especially since he is direct.

The 22-year-old has shown plenty of promise in domestic competition, while his seven goals in 22 Germany appearances is also a record not to be dismissed.

What's Next? The rumors have been rumbling on for the best part of two months that Schurrle will be landing in West London with Chelsea this summer.

BBC Sport reports a deal has been long done for the young German, while the Mirror, among others, echoes those sentiments.

Jose Mourinho is expected to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, so we can expect any potential deal for Schurrle to be announced in the aftermath of his appointment.