An underlying assumption for Dortmund in this transfer window is that they have always been planning to sell Andre Schürrle. There hadn’t been a lot of movement on that front for much of the summer, but now it appears that his exit is finally happening.
According to Kicker, Schurrle has been told he can leave, and his destination could be Crystal Palace. Here’s a translation of their article:
The only thing that is certain after kicker information is this: André Schürrle will leave BVB, but will not change within the Bundesliga. Which club he will join is still unclear. Borussia Dortmund has released him to look for a new employer. That could be Crystal Palace.
With Schürrle’s preference for English football, there are some signs of a change in the Premier League. Accordingly, Schürrle offers at least one serious option for a career new start. It could be Crystal Palace, last year’s runner-up in England.
Schürrle, who learned only in America from Zorc and coach Lucien Favre that Borussia Dortmund no longer plans with him and must have been more surprised by the timing than the content of this interview, flew back home on Saturday.
Schürrle has bounced around the Bundesliga a bit since leaving Chelsea, and he hasn’t really stuck anywhere. He had some good times playing in England, so a move back to the Premier League could be the rejuvenation that his career needs.
The author of the Kicker post makes a good point; why even bring Schürrle to the US if the plan was to sell him so soon? And why wasn’t he just sold earlier in the summer?
At least now a move can happen. Schürrle never made an impact at Dortmund, save for a few brief moments. In two years at the club the 27-year-old had 33 appearances and just 3 goals. He’s really not that old, but injuries have held him back recently. This isn’t the same player who was scoring for Germany at the World Cup in Brazil.
Dortmund have been linked with Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, and a swap deal has been mentioned as a possibility. The South Londoners want more than £60 million for Zaha, so any trade there would have to involve quite a bit of money moving from Germany to England.
But even if Zaha doesn’t come, Schürrle is definitely on his way out.