Jose Mourinho has decided to offload one misfiring German and looks set to challenge Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool by making another his number one target.
According to the Daily Star, the Chelsea boss has told owner Roman Abramovich that his greatest transfer desire is to land Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, though this will mean fighting off Real Madrid and Barcelona as well as Premier League rivals.
The report claims that Mourinho has decided to give up on Andre Schurrle and is hoping he can use him as a makeweight in any deal with Dortmund. Wolfsburg are willing to pay £23million for the former Bayer Leverkusen star, but his preferred destination would be Jurgen Klopp's side.
However, Reus is one of the most sought-after players in Europe and a contract clause means he is available for as little as £20million in the summer. This pretty much guarantees that all of the biggest clubs will be sniffing around for his signature.
Manchester United are mentioned as possible suitors for the 25-year-old forward and he would fit nicely into Louis van Gaal's current set-up, where formation is fluid and flexibility is key. Reus is able to operate as a central striker, a wide attacker and can even play a deeper role in midfield - he does it all to an incredible standard too.
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Old Trafford is probably one of the few places that interest could prove troublesome to Chelsea, as, despite Abramovich's billions, the Red Devils' spending power is far superior.
Van Gaal could be on the lookout for a new attacker soon; Radamel Falcao's loan spell has been underwhelming up to now, Robin van Persie is moving into the latter stages of his career and contingency needs to be put in place soon.
Deal Already Done?
Real Madrid are the other club that can outbid Mourinho in terms of wages and they have been very heavily linked with a move for Reus. Certain reports have even suggested a deal for the summer has already been agreed, but that would be a puzzling move for the player as he could drag out personal terms negotiations.
Arsenal and Liverpool would love to sign him too, but the clubs' respective managers, Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, will have to be realistic about this particular transfer battle.
It's not as if there are not substantial wages on offer at Emirates Stadium and Anfield, but the spending power of the clubs mentioned as being fellow suitors would require the Gunners and Reds to be exceptionally persuasive in negotiations.
Meanwhile, Barcelona can be as interested as they like, but unless the transfer ban stopping them from signing players in 2015 is lifted, which looks distinctly unlikely following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport being thrown out, they aren't going to be a factor.
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