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Chelsea's €25m bid for Andre Schurrle turned down by Bayer Leverkusen

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Champions League winners Chelsea made a €25 million bid for German international Andre Schurrle but have had it turned down by Bayer Leverkusen, reported Sky Sports Germany. Roberto Di Matteo continues to view the 21 year-old as an important target this summer and reports suggest that the Blues are preparing to make a better offer in the coming week.

Schurrle is a product of the youth system of German club Mainz 05. He joined them in 2006, making it to the first team in 2009 before being noticed for his versatile nature of playing in a forward role as a striker, winger or attacking midfielder. In 2011, he was snapped up by Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal. However, after a year at the club, the player has garnered considerable attention after receiving a call-up to the national side for the Euros last month.

Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser told German news agency SID, "We were presented with a very concrete offer from Chelsea for Andre of beyond the 20 million euro mark. The sum was pushed back and forth between the two clubs. We ultimately chose Andre. Andre is very valuable for us. He has also made it clear he would like to stay with us."

With Di Matteo's heart set on the playmaker, Schurrle could be the second German player to join the Blues this summer following the arrival of Marko Marin. In previous reports, the player had cited an interest in moving to the Premier League if a good offer materialises. Chelsea are expected to keep pushing for Schurrle and the player could soon be moving to Stamford Bridge if Abramovich pulls out all the stops to make the transfer happen.