Chelsea set to sign striker in €15m part-exchange deal

Chelsea transfer news: Andre Schurrle to sign - Kevin de Bruyne to join Bayer Leverkusen

Will Haine
Published 04/05/2013 08:56 by Will Haine, read by 35,372 people.

Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle in the summer transfer window, while Kevin de Bruyne will join the Bundesliga club in a part-exchange deal, according to reports in Germany.

Bild claims Chelsea will pay €15 million plus De Bruyne, who has spent the season on loan with Werder Bremen, to land the signature of Schurrle as the Blues look to bolster their strikeforce at the end of the campaign.

Schurrle has scored 20 times in 76 games for Leverkusen, while he has also netted seven goals for Germany, and has been linked with a switch to Chelsea for some time, either to compliment or challenge Fernando Torres.

His German employers, however, maintain they hope to retain his services come the end of the season, despite suggestions a move to Chelsea is already as good as done.

"Every coach wants to keep the best players of his team," Leverkusen manager Sami Hyypia said, as reported by ESPN.

"We will certainly try and keep him. Andr has shown how important he is for us. If he performs like against Dusseldorf [where he scored a brace in Leverkusen's 4-1 last weekend], this would be very good."

De Bruyne, meanwhile, has yet to make a competitive first team appearance for Chelsea since officially completing his move to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window of last year, and has recently expressed doubts over his future with the club.

The 21-year-old Belgian winger, who signed from Genk for around £7.5 million, has scored six times in 28 games during his loan spell with Werder Bremen, contributing eight assists, and it would now appear he could make a permanent switch to Germany

Although unwilling to comment directly on any proposed deal involving Schurrle and De Bruyne, Bayer Leverkusen have expressed their interest in the Belgium international as speculation mounts he will move to the BayArena.

Hyypia told Express: "He is a good player. And good players are always interesting players."

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