Andre Schurrle. The rumours mills suggest that Chelsea are getting closer to signing the Bayer Leverkusen striker and Chelsea fans should be crossing their fingers in the hope that it does come off. Schurrle is just 21, a young international with bags of potential and would be a terrific capture for the future. This is the man which Chelsea need, as he is versatile enough to play both support and goal-getter and he is at heart, a genuine hard worker who has talent to cap off his efforts. This is exactly the route in which Chelsea should be heading and the club should sweep all ties with FC Porto's Hulk under the rug. They don't need the Brazilian's baggage at the end of the day, Porto's ransom fees nor the extreme third-party money which would need to be spent in order to get the Porto star. There is no need to go down that route when, for around £20 million, Chelsea could pry Schurrle away from the Bundesliga.
The young German himself stated a while ago when Chelsea were first interested in him back in May, that it would be hard to not get excited about a move to Chelsea. He seemed keen, but as he is under contract with the German side for another four years yet, Bayer Leverkusen were more reluctant. But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich seems to be pretty determined about getting younger players into the squad and Schurrle would be the perfect edition to Oscar, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard. While Chelsea are close to signing Victor Moses, a versatile forward who can play on the right wing or step into the role of outright striker when need be, where would Schurrle be fitting into the line up with the Stamford Bridge outfit?
From the stifled faces of the old guard performing for Chelsea last season, the start of this season with Schurrle in the picture would make Chelsea one of the youngest average sides in the Premier League. Chelsea have already had a bid for Schurrle turned down, but now, according to reports, they are going back in with a more aggressive, bigger bid. This is the forward energy that Chelsea need and he does not seem to carry the same kind of ego about himself that Hulk does. Schurrle seems more a team player than having his own agenda. The real strength about Schurrle is not only his talent, but the versatility which he has, being able to occupy a central attacking midfield role, out on the right wing or up front as a main striker. This is the grit and young quality in the side which will help Chelsea secure a positive future. Being able to interchange with Moses would bring great options for the busy fixture list when all the cup ties come along.
So Schurrle over Hulk? If there was a choice at the end of the day would you rather get the German? There really seems little competition because Hulk is not going to be worth all the hassle that it is to go and get him. If it hasn't happened by now, if something gets so complicated and difficult then there should be a red flag raised where Chelsea walk away. While Leverkusen seem intent on wanting to keep Schurrle for themselves, understandably, Chelsea with the right bid will get him easier and cheaper than they ever would with Hulk. Schurrle is the smart move.