Chelsea plan to offer Marko Marin to Bayer Leverkusen on loan in an effort to tempt the Bundesliga club to sell their star forward, Andre Schurrle at the end of the current campaign, according to the Daily Mirror.
The European champions are willing to offer Marin on loan to Leverkusen this month, as they look to put together an attractive package for the German side. The Chelsea midfielder joined the Blues from Werder Bremen last summer, but injury has limited his first-team opportunities.
And now Rafa Benitez is reportedly willing to send him back to Germany temporarily, with Andre Schurrle hopefully coming the other way at the end of the season.
The report claims Schurrle was a Chelsea target last summer, and that Leverkusen rejected Chelsea's most recent inquiry about the Germany international's availability.
But Leverkusen, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga, will be forced to let Schurrle leave in the summer, if a club matches his £25m release clause - a contract clause that only kicks in at the end of the season.
The Daily Mirror claim Chelsea are likely to make another move for Schurrle then - and the Champions League winners hope the offer of Marin on loan this month will be seen as a helpful favour with a view to proper negotiations over Schurrle at the end of the season.
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