Jose Mourinho will try and wrap up a deal for Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schürrle when he takes charge of Chelsea for the first time on Wednesday.
Chelsea have been trying to wrap up a deal for Schürrle for some time now, and a breakthrough appeared to have been made last week when Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser revealed last week that at last a deal was in place.
That involved Kevin de Bruyne joining the Bundesliga club on loan next season, something which has been the greatest obstacle in the way of closing the deal because of the Belgian's desire for a move to Borussia Dortmund.
However reports in Germany say De Bruyne remains adamant that he will only play for Dortmund next season - although the player himself insists he is open to all options.
I haven't spoken to Jose Mourinho, so I don't know what he thinks of me as a player or what his plans are for me,' he said, ahead of Belgium's qualifier with Serbia on Friday.
'Logically, at big teams like Chelsea, the manager tends to go for the more experienced players, and the younger ones have more chances at smaller teams.
'For me, who the coach is doesn't really matter. What counts is being at a team where I am going to play games. I want to progress and improve as a player, and I need to be playing to do that.
'Really my future is something for my agent to sort out with the clubs. All I can say is all options are open. After the Serbia game, I am off on holiday to Los Angeles for a fortnight. At the moment, I don't know if I'll be spending pre-season at Chelsea or somewhere else. We will see what happens.'
ChelseaMourinho was announced as the new manager this week, and will lead out the Blues for the first time in his second spell in charge of the club against a World XI led by Michael Ballack to mark the end of the German's playing career.
Schürrle is expected to be part of Ballack's team for the friendly and Leverkusen's sporting director, former German international Rudi Voller, confirmed he could hold talks with Mourinho afterwards.
'The main focus will be on Michael and quite rightly so,' he said. 'But we are working on a solution for Andre and it is inevitable I will speak to Mourinho afterwards.'
The Daily Mail report that Leverkusen will reiterate their desire to take De Bruyne on loan as part of the deal for the 22-year-old, who could end up costing Chelsea around £20 million.
Chelsea are believed to have already agreed terms with Schürrle as they wait to agree a fee with Leverkusen.
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