Chelsea are set to sign Germany international Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen with Kevin de Bruyne moving to the Bundesliga club as part of the deal, according to reports in Germany.
Schurrle, 22, has been targeted by Chelsea since last season but Leverkusen were unwilling to sell. Now both Bild and Express claim that Schurrle is set to move to the Premier League in the summer.
The left-sided midfielder could be part of an exchange deal with Belgium international De Bruyne, 21, who is currently on loan at Werder Bremen. According to Express, the Blues are ready to splash out €26 million to sign Schurrle. Bild, however, believe De Bruyne will be part of a €12-€15 million deal and move to Leverkusen permanently.
"Every coach wants to keep his best players," Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia told the press. "We will certainly try and keep him. Andre has shown how important he is for us. If he performs like against Dusseldorf [where he scored a brace in Leverkusen's 4-1 win last weekend], this would be very good."
Hyypia also said he has been closely monitoring de Bruyne: "He is a good player. And good players are always interesting players."
When questioned by Bild, Schurrle refused to comment on his possible transfer to the Premier League.
Leverkusen sit third in the Bundesliga and hold a six-point lead over Eintracht Frankfurt, the first team outside the Champions League spots. At the weekend Leverkusen take on VfL Wolfsburg at home. Wolfsburg have previously been linked with De Bruyne but trail the Europa League spots by seven points with just seven games left in the season and Chelsea want their player to play for a bigger club.