Andre Schurrle has been struggling to convince Jose Mourinho that he deserves to be playing week in week out this season and it appears that his ongoing battle to do so has attracted the attentions of new suitors.
Reports today claim that Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg are prepared to launch a £23 million bid for the winger in order to test Mourinho’s resolve, with The Special One expected to listen to offers.
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It’s believed Wolfsburg are confident that they can get their man, particularly with speculation suggesting that Chelsea are lining up a meteoric move for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the summer. It could transpire that Schurrle forces a move to give himself more game-time.
At the moment the Germany international, who provided the cross to set up Mario Gotze's World Cup-winning goal in Brazil this summer, is stuck behind the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian in the pecking order, and has only made five starts in the Premier League this term.
Mourinho is believed to have ordered him to bulk up so that he's more suited to tackling the physical element of English football, but such requests appear to have done more harm than benefit.
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Cech to leave
In other news the prospect of Petr Cech leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season has taken a turn for the likely, as Mourinho is ready to let the ‘keeper make his own mind up about where he moves. Initially it was assumed Chelsea wanted him to transfer abroad, but there stance seems to have relaxed.
Currently Cech finds himself unable to oust Thibaut Courtois from between the sticks, with the young stopper in fine form since returning from Atletico Madrid. Cech's reputation at the club is sure to rule out the chances of him being forced to leave, but he may have no alternative unless he can break into the starting XI between now and the summer.
- Francesc Fabregas has insisted that he will play no part in any attempts made to convince Lionel Messi to trade the Nou Camp for Stamford Bridge, despite maintaining a healthy relationship with the player. It's said Chelsea are lining up an astonishing bid, although Mourinho described it as an "impossible" deal.