Berlin: Chelsea are set to sign Germany wing Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen and loan Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne to the Bundesliga club, their CEO Wolfgang Holzhaeuser has said in a report on Thursday.
"We have agreed with Chelsea. They will buy Schuerrle for a specific transfer fee and in return they will lend us de Bruyne for one year. I presume Chelsea will do what we have agreed," Holzhaeuser told local newspaper Rheinischen Post.
Holzhaeuser revealed the deal had stalled because the 21-year-old de Bruyne, who has spent the season on loan from Chelsea at Werder Bremen, had favoured a transfer to Dortmund.
"If we find no equivalent alternative for Andre, we will not let him go," said Holzhaeuser, as Schurrle played in Germany's 4-2 win against Ecuador in Florida on Wednesday in their two-match tour of the USA.
"A deal is a deal, we know the player well and Kevin is the player we want to bring in.
"We have tried to sign him from Chelsea for the last two years."