CHICAGO — Andre Schurrle walked through the tunnels underneath Soldier Field wearing Borussia Dortmund sweats following its 1-0 friendly win over Manchester City on Friday, but those might be some of the last steps the veteran midfielder takes wearing the club’s famous black-and-yellow colors.
Dortmund officials acknowledged following the game that Schurrle had been withheld in advance of a potential move.
“Of course, we won’t tell you which club it is,” a team spokesman said. “He is released for talks for another club.”
The German newspaper Bild reported Dortmund would like to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and that Palace expressed an interest in acquiring Schurrle as part of the exchange. He trained with the team Thursday but remained on the bench for the match vs. Man City.
Schurrle, 27, was a member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup championship team. He assisted on the winning goal by Dortmund’s Mario Gotze in the 1-0 extra-time victory over Argentina.
He played 1 1/2 seasons (2013-14, 2014-15) with Chelsea in the Premier League and scored 11 goals in 44 appearances. He played the latter part of the ’14-15 season with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga but received a medal for his contributions to Chelsea’s league title.
He transferred to Dortmund two summers ago and has played in 33 games since, scoring three times.
Zaha, who scored 16 goals over the last two seasons at Palace, could add some punch to a Dortmund attack that suffered when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transferred to Arsenal after scoring 98 goals in 144 games.