Blues owner Roman Abramovich is determined to buy a forward for manager Roberto Di Matteo and had his eyes on the Germany international following his impressive form at Euro 2012.
After having an initial £16 million bid turned down by Leverkusen last month Abramovich was ready t0 sanction an improved £20m offer despite spending heavily in the close season.
But the Bundesliga giants have delivered a huge slap in the face to the Russian oligarch after chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser told him that Schurrle would be staying at the Bay Arena.
However Holzhauser offered the Champions League winners hope of doing a deal in 12-months time saying: “We will not sell him this season, no matter how much they (Chelsea) want him and no matter how much they offer. Next year may be different, but he will not leave this season.”
The 21-year-0ld’s contract runs until 2016 but is reported to have a £23.5m release clause that comes into effect next year but Abramovich is confident he can get him for cheaper.
In the meantime it’s likely the West London club will pursue the transfer of Wigan winger Victor Moses as they prepare to meet his £9m asking price.
Latics chairman Dave Whelan has rejected numerous approaches for the Nigerian international who is said to be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge.
Di Matteo has already spent £80m on Marko Marin, Eden Hazard and Oscar but wants to strengthen his attack after losing Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.
The Blues are also reigniting their interest in Marseille right back Cesar Azpilcueta after the Spaniard admitted he was keen to leave the Ligue 1 side in order to alleviate their current financial plight.