CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho is closing in on his first signing of the summer after the Blues agreed a fee with Bayer Leverkusen for forward Andre Schurrle.
The Germany international, who scored 11 goals to help Leverkusen finish third in the Bundesliga last season, will move to Stamford Bridge in an £18m deal, subject to agreeing personal terms.
A statement on the official Chelsea website read: “Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Andre Schurrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical.”
Chelsea initially made contact with Leverkusen officials Rudi Voller and Michael Reschke in April, to try and secure Schurrle’s services ahead of rival suitors.
The 22-year-old has been used predominantly by club and country on either flank this season, but is equally adept at playing through the middle in a typical No10 role behind a lone striker.
The former Mainz man featured for Germany at Euro 2012 and has won 30 caps in all.