No matter how much Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denied it, most fans knew German international forward/midfielder Andre Schuerrle was leaving Stamford Bridge and heading back to the Bundesliga. It was officially announced on February 2 that the 2014 World Cup winner has been transferred to second-place team VfL Wolfsburg. The deal was made just before the current winter transfer window ended.
The 24-year-old will help Wolfsburg as they aim to dethrone Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. However, they’re still eight points behind the leaders even after beating them 4-1 at home on January 30. Wolfsburg is also seeking a berth in the European Champions League for the 2015/16 campaign. According to Wolfsburg, Schuerrle is now signed with them until the end of June, 2019. The club didn’t release any financial details regarding the transfer, but German media reported that the deal cost them a club record $34 million (30 million euros).
Klaus Allofs, the director of Wolfsburg, told the press that the transfer was delayed because the two clubs were haggling over the price. Wolfsburg needs to be careful since the club is being investigated by UEFA concerning the organization’s financial fair play rules. The previous Wolfsburg transfer record was $25 million (22 million euros) for Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. He was also acquired from Chelsea, back in January of 2014. In addition, Wolfsburg sent veteran striker Ivica Olic of Croatia to his former side Hamburger on January 30.
Schuerrle signed with Chelsea in 2013 after leaving Bundesliga squad Bayer Leverkusen. He managed to score 18 goals for the London club in all competitions after joining, but had a hard time earning a spot as a regular starter under Mourinho. Schuerrle has also added 17 goals for Germany in 42 matches. He scored three times last summer during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and set up Mario Goetze for the cup winner in Germany’s 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina.