UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 9:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Andre Schurrle is officially a member of the Chelsea Blues, the club announced.
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the transfer of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen.
The 22-year-old moves to Stamford Bridge from the Bundesliga club, whom he joined back in 2011.
It was announced on 13 June that Chelsea FC and Bayer Leverkusen had reached an agreement for his transfer. He has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.14 shirt.
'I am so happy now I have signed and it is an honour for me to play for this club, with this team and for these great fans,' Schurrle said. 'I am really looking forward to it.'
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The club reported that an agreement was reached last week, but the Blues still had to come to personal terms with the forward before the signing is finalized.
Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Andre Schurrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical.
John Edwards of the Daily Mail reports the agreement is for £18 million, and no other players are included in the deal. Previous speculation indicated Chelsea might add Kevin De Bruyne to the deal, but that apparently isn't the case.
Assuming no roadblocks arrive during the final stages of the process, Schurrle will become the first signing by Jose Mourinho since his return to Stamford Bridge. Unsurprisingly, it's a player capable of jump-starting the Blues attack.
The 22-year-old German international scored 13 goals and added eight assists in 40 matches across Bundesliga and Europa League play for Bayer this past season. Chelsea hope those numbers will continue to improve as he gains more experience.
The key for Mourinho will be finding the right spot for Schurrle. He could attempt to play him in a pure striker role after the frustrating inconsistency of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
Playing in a supporting wing or midfield role is another option, but Chelsea already have plenty of young talent capable of handling those roles, including Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar.
Schurrle would have to fight for a starting spot.
Either way, it's hard to imagine Mourinho making his first big splash into the transfer market without a clear plan in mind. He should provide more details once the agreement becomes official leading into next season.
If Schurrle lives up to the hype, he will be a great addition for Chelsea.
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