Representatives from Bundesliga giants VfL Wolfsburg have flown into London today to hold negotiations with Chelsea over the sale of Andre Schurrle.
According to the Daily Mail the Germany international is not only keen to move clubs this January, but his biggest suitors are desperate to get a deal done as soon as possible. It’s believed that reps from Wolfsburg are ready to talk terms with the player’s father, Joachim, and deliberate with Chelsea regarding how much they’re expecting to receive for Schurrle’s signature.
The Bundesliga side’s initial offer of £23 million isn’t said to be enough, with the Blues holding out for £30 million as Jose Mourinho plots forays into the transfer market of his own.
Whilst neither Schurrle nor understudy Mohamed Salah have been regular first-team players at Stamford Bridge this season they are reliable backups, and The Special One will want to give himself the best possible chance of landing a replacement before he consents to a sale.
In that respect the news reports shed new significance on suggestions that Chelsea are set to land Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado. It’s been claimed today the Serie A side have agreed to sell their star winger, but only if Salah consents to going the other way on a short-term loan deal.
Perhaps that’s why Chelsea are willing to entertain the interest from Wolfsburg for Schurrle, safe in the knowledge that they essentially have his replacement lined up. Either way a solution should be reached sooner rather than later, with the 24-year-old searching for more game-time.
Despite having played a key role in guiding Germany to the World Cup trophy last summer - he provided the assist for Mario Gotze’s winner in extra-time in the final - he hasn’t enjoyed such fortunes under Mourinho so far this term, and the trio of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian all look to be firmly ahead of him in the pecking order.
It’s likely he would have no such qualms with Wolfsburg, who sit second in the Bundesliga only to Pep Guardiola’s ever-dominant Bayern Munich, and so a move there could present him with the opportunity to get his career back on track.