Chelsea will put together a deal worth £25 million plus Andre Schurrle in order to land Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus in January according to reports.
The German international is quickly emerging as the most in-demand player in Europe, with a host of top teams chasing his signature.
Along with Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on him, as are Arsenal - but it is Chelsea who appear to be in pole position to land him. Recent reports have suggested that Chelsea have moved to open talks with Dortmund ahead of the winter window.
Now according to the Express, the Blues are putting together an offer that they believe will fend off the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. Reus has a release clause in his contract of around £25 million that becomes active as of next year.
However with so many teams interested and given Reus' connection with Dortmund it may well take a superior offer to secure his services, and the Express say that Chelsea will meet his release clause plus Andre Schurrle.
The former Bayer Leverkusen man has found himself out in the cold at Stamford Bridge of late, and wasn't even included in the squad for the game against Liverpool before the international break. Schurrle has started just four Premier League games so far this season and has scored twice - but Mourinho wants to add Reus to his squad and could well be sacrificed.
Given Schurrle's reputation in his home country as a World Cup winner, Dortmund are likely to look upon that offer favourably - and that puts Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool on the back foot.
Chelsea are already flying this season and are unbeaten in the Premier League, with four points separating them from their rivals. If Reus does indeed head to Stamford Bridge, it would make Mourinho's men an even more frightening prospect for their rivals.