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€45m Germany starlet on Mourinho's transfer wish list

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Jose Mourinho's transfer wish list has been expanded to include Schalke starlet Julian Draxler, according to German publication Kicker.

The 19-year-old Germany international only signed a new Schalke contract four weeks ago, tying him to the club until 2018.

But Kicker reveals that the new Draxler deal includes a €45m release clause, and claims that Chelsea could be willing to test the water with a bid for the playmaker this summer.

Regarded as one of the top young prospects in German football, Draxler has already established himself as an important part of the Schalke first-team.

Part of the willingness to let fellow international team-mate Lewis Holtby leave the club in the January transfer window was predicated on the plan to promote Draxler to the starting eleven.

But the release clause hangs permanent uncertainty over his future, with an interested party able to match the fee and speak with the player.

Kicker admits no contact has been made with either Schalke or Draxler's representatives by Chelsea so far.

But it claims that Andre Schurrle and Draxler have been identified by Mourinho as two potential targets from the Bundesliga.

And the arrival of Mourinho, who will be unveiled as Chelsea manager this afternoon, should spark the Blues' transfer plans into action.

Bayer Leverkusen's Schurrle has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but the Germany forward is yet to complete the transfer.

Once Mourinho is appointed, the new Chelsea boss will likely assess his squad and sort through his transfer priorities for the coming season.

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