Chelsea have jumped to the front of the queue in the race to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund because they could be willing to give up Andre Schurrle as part of a swap deal, according to the Express.
Rues is perhaps the most in-demand player in Europe right now, with a host of leading clubs in the race for his signature. He has a £25 million release clause written into his contract that will become active as of next year as he weighs up his future options.
In the Premier League, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with the 25-year-old at some point in recent months, while on the continent Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have all thrown their hat into the ring.
It seems as though it is Chelsea who are in pole position to land the talented midfielder, and are willing to part ways with Schurrle, who earns £70,000-per-week, in order to make the deal happen according to the Express. The former Bayer Leverkusen ace has failed to impress when given the chance by Jose Mourinho this season and is a disposable asset that the Blues will happily let go if it means Reus heading in the opposite direction.
That would be a major blow to the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, who could do with a player of Reus' quality after a slow start to the season.
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The German international has repeatedly insisted that he is happy to remain with Dortmund for the time being, but reports suggest he is stalling on signing a new extension to his current contract which ends in 2017 in order to weigh up his options.
That would represent a major coup for Chelsea, who already appear to have the strongest team in the Premier League, ahead of rivals like Manchester United and Liverpool. They are currently unbeaten in the league after 11 games and sit four points clear of Southampton in second place. Manchester City, who many thought would be their biggest title rival, are a further four points back.