Raphael Honigstein has been all over the Schurrle to Chelsea rumors of late, and this morning he had another update on the situation involving the Bayer forward and the club. According to Honigstein:
Schürrle update. Chelsea have now submitted a second, improved offer (€22m + bonus) in case De Bruyne opts out. Ball in Leverkusen's court.— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) April 15, 2013
it's "take it or leave it" - no more negotiations— raphael honigstein (@honigstein) April 15, 2013
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this information, as while Honigstein is generally fairly reliable, he'd have to have a fairly well-placed source to have access to this type of information. I highly doubt he has a source at Chelsea slipping him nuggets like this, and this sort of leak would make no sense from a Bayer perspective. The only logical place for this offer to come from would be the agent of Andre Schurrle, as more interest in the player likely means more money regardless of where that bigger check ends up coming from.
I think most of us would be happier if any deal for Schurrle didn't involve sending De Bruyne on loan, as most of us feel that he's ready for the Chelsea first team anyway. That said, I know many people don't really feel we need Schurrle at all, and €22 million is a pretty large sum of money for what many would consider a luxury buy.
What do you all think? Would you rather pay a little less for Schurrle and send them Kevin De Bruyne for a season? Would you rather pay more and keep our options open with the Belgian? Would you pass on Schurrle entirely? Should we even be paying attention to this rumor at all? Vote in the poll and discuss below.