According to Italian football site Calicomercato, Crystal Palace are set to firm up their long-term interest in Borussia Dortmund winger André Schürrle with a bid this summer, having supposedly come extremely close to doing back in the January transfer window.
English football fans are already well aware of the 27-year-old thanks to the time he spent on Chelsea’s books between 2013 and 2015 but after a spell with Wolfsburg, it’s fair to say that Schürrle’s time at Dortmund has been something of an anti-climax for both him and the BVB faithful. Starting just 16 times over the course of the 2017/18 season and amassing a tally of just three goals and four assists, Andre won’t be heading into the summer with a feeling of satisfaction over his attacking output at the Westfalenstadion.
There is no denying Schürrle’s pedigree, indeed the former World Cup winner has an astounding 57 full German caps to his name but with Joachim Löw looking highly likely to leave him out of the squad that will travel to Russia, it may well be time for the Mainz academy graduate to reassess his options and seriously consider a return to the Premier League.
It would be easy for Palace fans to question why Hodgson would be looking at a player who appears to have lost his way over the last couple of years but in this particular case, I feel as though Andre has enough goodwill from previous seasons to overlook the underwhelming stint he’s had at Dortmund. Still well on the right side of 30 and having proven himself to be more than capable of mixing it with the best when on his game, I will nail my colours to the mast and admit to feeling rather excited about the prospect of him arriving in SE25 this summer.
We’re not often linked to Premier League and World Cup winning players in their mid twenties, hopefully this story is one that has got some legs.