Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to sell Andre Schurrle in order to free up the required funds to sign Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who understand Chelsea have been asking for more than £30 million for the German World Cup winner.
Wolfsburg are reportedly leading the race to sign Schurrle, 24, ahead of Bundesliga strugglers Borussia Dortmund.
Schurrle joined the Blues from Bayer Leverkusen in June 2013 and scored 14 goals in 57 appearances for the west London outfit.
But it now appears that the hard-working winger has played his final match for Chelsea.
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Schurrle will be replaced by Colombia international Cuadrado, whose £26.8 million release clause will reportedly be activated by Chelsea before the winter transfer window closes on Monday night.
This is according to reliable Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio - and brought to our attention by the Metro, who claim Cuadrado has already agreed personal terms with the Blues ahead of his big-money move to Stamford Bridge.
MailOnline Sport go one step further and claim the South American could make his Chelsea debut during Saturday evening’s top-of-the-table clash clash against Manchester City.
The arrival of Cuadrado, one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, should enhance the Blues’ chances of finishing the season with at least one major trophy.
It’s almost five years since Chelsea last lifted the Premier League title - but Mourinho has an excellent chance to end the club’s drought this term.
Gary Cahill’s frustration
And finally, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has admitted he was deeply disappointed not to have made the starting line-up for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup final second leg against Liverpool.
The England international was left out of the starting XI in favour of 20-year-old Kurt Zouma, who Mourinho picked on account of his superior pace.
“I don’t need to tell you how disappointed I was I wasn’t playing,” Cahill told talkSPORT, “but the bigger picture is the team and how well we have done to get to the final in what was a difficult tie over two legs. It’s a great achievement and another chance to win some silverware with Chelsea.”
Mourinho must now decide whether to stick with the increasingly impressive Zouma in his back-line or revert to Cahill for this weekend’s clash against Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
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