Chelsea's Schurrle bid rejected
Bayer Leverkusen have turned down Chelsea's £16million offer for Germany forward Andre Schurrle, according to a report in Germany.
The 21-year-old rose to prominence as one of Germany's most promising young talents since moving to Leverkusen from Mainz last season.
He has already collected 16 caps for Germany and was a member of their Euro 2012 squad, featuring in the 4-2 quarter-final triumph over Greece.
Leverkusen chief executive Wolfgang Holzhauser was quoted as saying by German news agency SID: "We were presented with a very concrete offer from Chelsea for Andre of beyond the 20 million euro mark.
"The sum was pushed back and forth between the two clubs. We ultimately chose Andre.
"Andre is very valuable for us. He has also made it clear he would like to stay with us."