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Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea negotiating over Andre Schurrle

AFP, BERLIN

Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle gestures during their UEFA Europa League match against Benfica in Lisbon on Feb. 21.

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English Premier League giants Chelsea are set to make Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle their first signing for next season, with the two clubs currently carrying out negotiations in London, a spokesman for the German club said yesterday.

The deal which is likely to exceed 25 million euros (US$32.7 million) may also see last year’s European champions loan Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to the German club for next season.

“I can confirm that our spokesmen are in London and will then continue to Brussels. However at this moment there is no foundation for a decision,” communications director Meinolf Sprink said.

The club’s sporting director Rudi Voeller and manager Michael Reschke arrived in the British capital on Thursday and will then carry on to Belgium with De Bruyne set to play a role as a makeweight in the deal.

German daily Cologne Express reported earlier this week that Schurrle’s father and consultant have struck a five-year deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit after the London club failed with a 25 million euro bid for the player in the last close season.

The 22-year-old, who can play as a lone striker or winger, has scored seven goals in 22 appearances for Germany and appeared at Euro 2012 where Joachim Loew’s side lost to Italy in the semi-finals.

He began his career at Mainz, scoring a club record 15 goals in 34 matches during the 2010-2011 season and helping the club qualify for the Europa League before moving to Leverkusen.

De Bruyne is under contract with Chelsea until 2017 after signing from Genk last year and has spent this season on loan at Werder Bremen.

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