Football: Germany forward Schuerrle set to move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea

LONDON (AFP) - English Premier League football giants Chelsea are set to sign Germany forward Andre Schuerrle from Bayer Leverkusen, they said on Thursday.

"Chelsea Football Club and Bayer 04 Leverkusen have reached an agreement for the transfer of Andre Schuerrle, subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical check," a statement on said.

No further details were immediately available but Schuerlle has been a long-term target for Chelsea since they won the 2011-12 Champions League.

Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voeller said in April that the west London club rejected a ¤25 million (S$41.3 million) offer for the player just after their European triumph.

Schuerrle, 22, began his career at Mainz, before transferring to Leverkusen in 2011, where he made 65 appearances and scored 18 goals.

He has played for Germany at Under-19 and U-21 level and made 24 appearances for the senior side, scoring seven goals.