European champions Chelsea are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen and Germany forward Andres Schürrle, according to the Metro. The Blues have been linked to the player for some time now and the report says the club are now lining up an initial £7mn bid for the 21 year old, who is presently on national duty at Euro 2012. Schürrle, who can operate on the flanks or as a centre forward, scored nine goals for Leverkusen last season.
Chelsea have already signed Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard from French club Lille and German midfielder Marko Marin from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. However, Roberto Di Matteo's side are clearly not satisfied with their squad and, in addition to this possible bid for Schürrle, are reportedly discussing a move for Wigan Athletic's Nigerian international Victor Moses. Meanwhile, it seems Schürrle is not averse to a move away from the Bundesliga or even a move to the West London club.
"I and my agent have not had any contact [from Chelsea] so we will just have to wait. We will see how interesting it is when it becomes concrete," Sky Sports quoted Schürrle as saying.
However, whatever be Chelsea's level of interest, the German club will certainly demand a hefty transfer fee, particularly since Italians AC Milan are also credited with an interest. Schürrle made his senior international debut in 2010 and has gone on to win 16 caps, scoring seven times, for his country.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid sporting director Jose Luis Caminero has stated striker Radamel Falcao is not for sale. The Colombian has been linked with a number of clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City, after an impressive season in Spain but the club have moved quickly to dismiss suggestions he could be sold this summer.
"The club has very clear ideas on this. Falcao will remain at Atletico Madrid and any talk of an exit is misplaced. The striker will remain with us next season and we are not considering any other possibility," the Daily Mail quoted Caminero as saying.
Falcao scored 36 goals in 47 games for Atletico last season, including a brace in the Europa League final to help his side clinch the trophy. The 26 year old moved to Spain last summer from Porto, after winning the league title and Europa League under former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.