Chelsea look to have finally concluded one of the most protracted signings in their history. Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle is a name that has been used in relation to Chelsea for over a year now but Bayer’s general manager, Wolfgang Holzhauser, seems to have finally confirmed the deal. Schurrle looks like a star in the making – a bit like ex-Arsenal player Alexander Hleb in his pomp, but with more goal-scoring prowess.
‘We now finally have an agreement with Chelsea over Schurrle. They will buy him, and in return we will get Kevin de Bruyne on-loan for a season.’
So that one is all but rubber-stamped. Who’s next for Chelsea? It’s no secret that they are after a top striker and the roulette wheel seems to have stopped on Napoli’s Edinson Cavani. New Napoli boss Rafa Benitez will obviously want to keep hold of his star player but, if Cavani himself wants the move, little can be done to stop him. The Daily Express, among others, today moot a swap deal involving Cavani (36 goals last season) and Fernando Torres. Whether Benitez would want yet another crack at The Spaniard remains to be seen but a slower paced Serie A might actually suit the marksman. But sadly for Torres, his career does seem to be prematurely and slowly petering out. The Express suggests:
The Uruguayan’s release clause stands at around £50m which may prove steep for Chelsea, however Torres could prove a sweetener for Napoli’s new boss Rafa Benitez to reunite with the much-maligned Spaniard.
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