Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been told he must sell before he can consider adding to his star-studded squad in the January transfer window, which means both Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah are now facing the axe.
Schurrle's been laid low by a virus over the last few weeks, but regardless the World Cup winner has largely flattered to deceive for Chelsea so far this season, particularly when you consider just how impressive he was in last summer's South American showpiece.
Mourinho didn't sign Schurrle despite the pair both arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2013, which The Sun believes will be a factor which helps pave the way for the German international's exit if the Blues receive a sizeable offer in January.
Dortmund want Schurrle in January
The 24-year-old has perhaps been a victim of his own success as an impact substitute for Chelsea in recent times, but unsurprisingly there's no shortage of suitors for his signature if the Blues do indeed decide to sell and use the funds to recruit top talent in other positions.
Paris Saint-Germain and most recently Borussia Dortmund have shown an interest in the versatile winger, who has played for just 13 minutes in Chelsea's last four Premier League games and only started that many in total so far this season.
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Would Chelsea swap Schurrle for Reus?
Mourinho could decide to take advantage of Dortmund's interest in Schurrle as a replacement for the much sought-after Reus by including the £70,000-a-week star in a sensational January swap deal, a deal which would make sense for both clubs and mean Chelsea can land another world-class talent without breaking the bank.
Reus has a widely-reported €25 million release clause in his current contract that can be activated from next summer, but Chelsea have something to offer in part-exchange that rivals for his signature in Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich cannot match.
Writing on the wall for Salah
Joining Schurrle on the potential list of Chelsea stars up for sale is Egyptian winger Salah, who has been a peripheral figure in West London since joining from Basel in January to say the very least.
Salah was signed by Mourinho to offer electric pace in attack after a string of impressive Champions League performances, but has struggled to prove his worth and has only made two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season, totalling 14 minutes.
Chelsea are ready to write off the £11m spent on that deal in January to free up room for priority transfer targets, so despite a tremendous start to the season expect movement from Mourinho when the transfer window finally opens.