Sunday, April 22, 2018

Leverkusen acknowledge Schurrle bid; Higuain hints at Bernabeu exit

Andre Schurrle, right, goes past Chelsea's David Luiz during a Champions League tie last season

Bayer Leverkusen will reportedly decide whether to sell Germany international winger Andre Schurrle to Chelsea at the end of the season, confirmed the club’s general manager Rudi Voller.

Schurrle, 22, has been a transfer target for Chelsea since last season, with recent speculation in Germany suggesting that a deal between the two sides is merely a formality.

After Leverkusen’s 1-1 draw against VfL Wolfsburg at BayArena on Saturday, Voller revealed that the club have received a formal offer for Schurrle, who scored the opening goal in the 12th minute before Simon Kjaer rose to head home a Ricardo Rodriguez free-kick in the 70th minute.

“Andre is not the only player we have received offers for,” said Voller. “We will not get nervous. That we consider the offer is part of the business. It is all in our hands.”

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Germany international refused to comment on his future.

According to German tabloid Bild, Chelsea are willing to offer up to €15 million for Schurrle, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2016.

The deal would also send Belgium international midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to Leverkusen on a temporary loan deal.

De Bruyne, 21, is currently on loan at Werder Bremen.

Both De Bruyne and Schurrle have been involved in 14 league goals this season, with the former tallying six goals and eight assists in 28 appearances for Bremen and the latter hitting nine goals and five assists for Leverkusen.

However, the 21-year-old Belgium international is unaware of any deal. “I don’t know anything about it. My agent takes care of that and he is on holiday in Senegal for the next two weeks,” De Bruyne told Syker Kreiszeitung.

Higuain hints at Bernabeu exit

Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has hinted he may reconsider his long-term future at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu at the end of the season, Sky Sports understands.

Higuain, 25, has split time with Frenchman Karim Benzema as Los Blancos’ lone striker this season.

The Argentina international is reportedly stalling over putting pen to paper on a new deal, fueling speculation that the 25-year-old will leave the Spanish giants in the summer.

“I am available to the club but I will not say any more. This is not the time,” Higuain told Marca.

“I can only say that I’m committed to the club and will help the team until the end of the season.”

A number of top European clubs, including North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, are believed to be interested in Higuain.

The Argentine ace has scored 12 goals in 21 league matches this term.


Shawn Etemadi



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