Jose Mourinho will be forced to fend off the advances of mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain this summer if he wants to keep hold of World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, according to the Daily Express.
The paper, citing speculation in French newspaper Le Parisien, claims that Schurrle finds himself firmly on the radar at the Parc des Princes now that president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has ruled out a move for Angel di Maria. This follows on from recent reports which confirmed the German international was being monitored by Laurent Blanc and co. though now the interest seems to have significantly grown.
Schurrle at Chelsea
Though it’s with little doubt it can be said that Jose Mourinho will be looking to keep hold of Schurrle this summer, the 23-year-old isn’t in a position where he is irreplaceable. The likes of Willian, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Mohamed Salah can all play in similar positions, and in truth Schurrle found himself rotated frequently by the Blues boss last term.
He looked good in virtually all of the 30 Premier League outings he appeared in during the 2013/14 campaign, but Mourinho may well be lured into letting him go if the fee is substantial enough. Having already financed deals for Diego Costa, Francesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis - for a combined £82 million - Roman Abramovich is aware that he must keep an eye on his books for Financial Fair Play reasons, and the sale of a valuable asset may well be creeping into the back of his mind.
That being said it’s exactly that concern which could scupper any deal before it has the chance to build momentum. With PSG currently acting under the blanket of a sanction for breaching FFP rules which prohibits them to a net €50million spend, they now have to raise their own cash if they are to fund any more acquisitions.
The deal for David Luiz earlier on this summer saw Blanc blow his budget on one man, and it could now be coming back to haunt him. For the lack of spendable money is what cost them the capture of Di Maria, who was valued at £55million, and, though Schurrle would be available for far less, Chelsea would still be looking to recoup as much as possible for his signature.
Reports from the continent have suggested that either Edinson Cavani or Ezequiel Lavezzi could be flogged in order for PSG to have money to fund their own transfer endeavours, though as of yet neither has come close to leaving the club.
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