Chelsea Transfer News: Andre Schurrle Bid Readied, Latest on John Obi Mikel

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13:  Andre Schuerrle celebrates with the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid will try to continue their ongoing transfer business with Chelsea by registering a move for German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle.

Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph reports that the La Liga champions will make an audacious bid for the 23-year-old attacker as they look to rebuild, having sold a host of key players.

Atletico offloaded Diego Costa and Filipe Luis to the Blues for a combined fee of £50 million and are now looking to spend a large chunk of their transfer funds, as per Law.

However, Jose Mourinho is a fan of Schurrle and is unlikely to let him leave after a successful past 12 months.

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James Dickenson of the Daily Express has suggested that a swap deal for Atletico's Miranda in exchange for Schurrle could be a possibility.

Dickenson writes that the Spanish club raised the proposal after Chelsea enquired about taking the Brazilian to Stamford Bridge. He claims that Mourinho bid £20 million for the highly rated centre-back but was told he would have to include Schurrle in any such deal.

Despite accumulating 15 of his 30 appearances from the bench for Mourinho last year in the Premier League, as per, Schurrle looked like an outstanding prospect when on the pitch, and this was confirmed by his contribution to his country's efforts in Brazil.

He supplied the pass for Mario Goetze's winner in the final, capping an an energetic campaign for the Chelsea man.

Schurrle would be the perfect addition for Atletico, but Chelsea will need the German, especially if Eden Hazard is sidelined during the upcoming campaign at any point.

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One player who now seems set to be staying at Chelsea is long-serving midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Tony Little of The Sun (subscription required) reports that the African player will now be retained by Mourinho after Oriol Romeu's season-long loan to Stuttgart. 

Little says Mourinho was set to sell Mikel, but Inter Milan's interest in his services has now cooled.

And the player has proclaimed his desire to succeed with Chelsea this year when he spoke to the club's official website, as per Sky Sports:

I’m getting back up to speed. Training is going very well. It’s been tough but you need this to have a good pre-season, and then we can look forward to the season. Hopefully it will be a very successful one for the team. Everyone wants to achieve something. We want to win trophies. We didn’t do that last season but this season we are all hoping we can have a good season and win some trophies.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 25:  John Obi Mikel of Nigeria looks on during the National Anthem prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.  (Photo by Pa
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Chelsea's official website has also confirmed that defender Kenneth Omeruo will once again leave the club to join Middlesbrough on a season-long loan deal. 

The player was ever-present for Nigeria's World Cup campaign, and he will spend more time at the Championship level after joining Boro on loan last year. 

Mikel will be a useful squad player for Chelsea this season. He has the experience of successful campaigns with the Blues and knows his way around the Premier League. The loss of Frank Lampard is tough on the Blues, and Mikel will help supplement this.

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - JULY 27: Team manager of Chelsea Jose Mourinho looks on prior the Pre Season Friendly match between FC Olimpija Ljubljana and Chelsea at Stozice stadium in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Get
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Paul Doyle of The Guardian believes this season could belong to Mourinho and his squad, predicting they will win the Premier League:

This season José Mourinho has no excuses. Last term he could legitimately claim that his club was in transition, although his incessant insistence that Chelsea could not win the league still seemed ill-judged – after all, every other team in the league looked incomplete too.

Schurrle is a player at the top of his game at the moment, and Mourinho is not going to let him go—unless he sees true value in a swap deal.

Chelsea do need a new centre-back, and Miranda has been exceptional for two years now. But losing Schurrle is surely not advisable, even if it means grabbing one of European football's top defenders.  


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