1. Andre Schurrle deal reached :
Chelsea have reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen over the signing of Andre Schurrle, according to reports in Germany.
It had been reported in Die Welt that the deal had stalled and Germany international Schurrle could remain at Leverkusen for a further year.
However, Express and Sky Germany have now claimed that the clubs have agreed a fee – thought to be in the region of €20 million – and that the player is set to sign a five-year deal.
Chelsea’s Kevin de Bruyne, whom Leverkusen had been keen to sign as part of the agreement, is not believed to have been included in the revised deal. The Belgium international is said to be determined to join Borussia Dortmund, which had seemingly complicated the negotiations.
Schurrle took part in a farewell match for Michael Ballack on Wednesday night, with his potential new coach, Jose Mourinho, also present in Leipzig. Asked about the Schurrle deal, the Chelsea coach replied: “We will see.”
Mourinho coached the World XI team that Schurrle played in, and afterwards the player told MDR: “Of course I talked to him. He is my coach after all.”
2. Chelsea interested in buying Hulk (again) :
Jose Mourinho has made a stunning £35million move for Brazil forward Hulk.
But the newly reappointed Chelsea manager is also facing his first major dilemma as Monaco and Galatasaray target his on-field general John Terry.
Chelsea have turned to Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk as a potential summer signing, having lost out to Monaco on No1 target Radamel Falcao, because they are now facing major competition for Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani.
Ironically, the Blues were very close to buying Hulk last summer but could not agree a deal with his then-club Porto, who were demanding £40m.
Hulk joined Zenit instead but the mega-rich Russians, believed to have paid in excess of £50m for his services, are already looking to sell and cut their losses after the 26-year-old’s difficult first season.
Hulk – real name Givanildo Vieira de Souza – was booed by Zenit’s fans and fell out with coach Luciano Spalletti, while his sky-high wages caused friction in the dressing room.
However, Mourinho is a big admirer of the versatile Brazilian – who played against England last weekend – who can play on the left of the attack or through the middle.
Chelsea are desperate to strengthen their strike-force, where Fernando Torres could be on his way out, Demba Ba has injury issues and Romelu Lukaku is being linked with another loan spell to gain more experience.
3. Pele told Neymar to ignore Chelsea and join Barcelona :
If Chelsea fans want to know why wonderkid Neymar wasn’t showing off his Samba skills at Stamford Bridge last season, then blame Pele.
The word’s greatest footballer has revealed that he told his fellow Brazilian not to make the move to England as the football wouldn’t suit his style of play.
‘I was lucky last year to meet with him, his employer and the president of Santos’, said Pele today.
‘At that time he had the opportunity to play in England and I was one of those who voted against [the move] because he was beginning his career and for him in England the football is different, harder.
‘In Barca in football is more technical and he has the opportunity to play at the best team in the world and with the best player in the world,’ said the three-time World Cup winner about his compatriot linking up with Lionel Messi.