Chelsea are hoping to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to Marco Reus’ signature by offering Borussia Dortmund Andre Schurrle in exchange for the talented winger.
Reus will be available for £20 million in the summer, due to a buy-out clause in his contract. However, Chelsea are hoping to hammer out a deal for the German international in January, in order to avoid a transfer battle with their Premier League rivals over the summer.
The German club were in talks with Reus over a new deal, which would have voided the clause, but the clubs recently confirmed that talks had ended, increasing the speculation surrounding Reus’ future at the club.
Dortmund have been in terrible form in the Bundesliga, losing seven of their 11 fixtures so far this season. The club currently sit in 15th place in the Bundesliga, with just one point separating them from the relegation spots, but they believe that World Cup winner Schurrle is the man to bring about an improvement, particularly so if Reus is destined to leave Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Jose Mourinho is keen to take Reus to Stamford Bridge, and is also reportedly keen on the idea of allowing Schurrle to move in the other direction. Schurrle has started just four Premier League games for the Blues so far this season, and could be interested in a move back to his native Germany in order to get guaranteed first-team football.
However, any potential move to Mourinho’s table-topping side will come down to the player’s wishes. If Reus does join the Blues, he will have to usurp Chelsea’s attacking geniuses Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar in order to win himself a starting place in the squad, which could see him join one of Chelsea’s title rivals, in order to guarantee first-team football.