Chelsea to sign replacement for Andre Schurrle

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Chelsea are preparing to sign a replacement for Germany international Andre Schurrle - even though the Blues star wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Jose Mourinho has made his decision to move on from the Chelsea forward and will instead look to bring in another versatile attacker in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea have plenty of options in the attacking positions, including Willian, Eden Hazard, Oscar, Schurrle, Cesc Fabregas and Mohamed Salah.

But while Schurrle is prepared to fight for his place despite not making much of an impact on the Chelsea first-team, Mourinho has decided to move on.

Chelsea officials have reportedly identified the right-sided attacker role as the main area to strengthen. Willian has impressed this season but his lack of goals is a problem.

And when your squad is as strong as Chelsea's, even the slightest weakness can lead the club to explore alternatives. Schurrle has not made the most of his opportunities in place of Willian, and the Blues will look at his Germany international teammate Marco Reus or to Colombian star Juan Cuadrado.

Reus has no shortage of suitors - Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Real Madrid are keen on the Borussia Dortmund star - while Cuadrado has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United since his break out at the World Cup.

Chelsea could recoup some of the money they paid Bayer Leverkusen for Schurrle, and may even make a small profit, as reports today claimed Wolfsburg are willing to offer as much as £23m to bring him back to the Bundesliga this month.

Reus interest

With that money in the bank, Chelsea could afford the £20m release clause Reus is thought to have in his Dortmund contract that becomes live at the end of the season.

Chelsea have such strength in depth that they're not bothered about adding players in the January window, and instead have the luxury of planning for next season.

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