Sunday, May 27, 2018

Chelsea confirm deal to sign Schurrle; Mbokani wants to join Dynamo Kiev

Chelsea have reached an agreement with Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the transfer of Germany international forward Andre Schurrle.

Chelsea have reached an agreement with Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the transfer of Germany international forward Andre Schurrle, Sky Sports understands.

Schurrle, 22, has been a longstanding transfer target of the Blues, but Mourinho’s decision to prevent Kevin De Bruyne from joining Leverkusen in a deal for the Germany international was thought to have stymied talks between the two clubs.

Nonetheless, the 22-year-old is set to become Jose Mourinho’s first signing during his second spell as manager of Chelsea.

“Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of André Schürrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical,” read a statement on the Blues’ official website.

The deal, which is reportedly worth  €22 million (£18.7 million) and subject to Schurrle agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, was facilitated by South Korea international Son Heung-min agreeing to join Leverkusen from Hamburg, according to club director Wolfgang Holzhauser.

South Korea ace Son Heung-min tallied 12 goals and two assists in 33 appearances for Hamburg last term.

“We have made it clear from the beginning that Andre Schurrle’s departure would only be possible only if we found an adequate alternative,” said Holzhauser.

“We have now found this alternative by signing Heung-Min Son and thus, in our view, there is nothing to stand in the way of Andre Schurrle’s move.

Schurrle bagged 11 goals and seven assists in 34 league appearances for Bayer Leverkusen last season.

Mbokani wants to join Dynamo Kiev

R.S.C. Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani has revealed he wants to join Ukrainian Premier League giants Dynamo Kiev amid speculation linking him with Fulham, Hull City and West Bromwich Albion, according to Sky Sports.

Mbokani, 27, netted 21 goals in all competitions for the Jupiler Pro League champions last season.

English Premier League newcomers Hull City have reportedly had an €8 million bid for the DR Congo international rejected by Anderlecht.

Fulham and West Brom are also believed to be keen on the Congolese front-man, but Dynamo Kiev have emerged as the favourites to land the 27-year-old.

“I have not signed in Kiev, but I can do after my return from Congo,” said Mbokani.

“I hope Anderlecht and Kiev quickly find an agreement, because I really want to go to Kiev.

“It is an ambitious club that will play much Champions League football in the coming years.”

In other news, Atletico Madrid have joined the race for out-of-favour Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez.

Meanwhile, FC Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore has joined Aston Villa for a transfer fee of £4 million, with fellow Denmark international Nicklas Helenius also set to join Villa in a deal worth £1.2 million from Aalborg BK.


Shawn Etemadi



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