Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle wants to leave Stamford Bridge this month and start playing his football elsewhere, according to rumours fuelled by Sky Sports.
The German international has found himself the lynchpin of many rumour mills since the opening of the January transfer window, and Jose Mourinho’s decision to leave him out of the match-day squad to face Bradford City on Saturday - a game they lost 4-2 - has put the situation under intense scrutiny.
It’s now claimed that rather than Mourinho having the final say on whether or not Schurrle stays or goes, the player himself is actively looking to move, with Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, and manager Dieter Hecking, interested in taking him onboard. It’s understood that the Blues want £22.2 million for the winger, and if Wolfsburg are prepared to stump that up then there’s very little stopping the deal.
That’s regardless of the fact that Mourinho only released a statement last week claiming it would take a phenomenal offer for Chelsea to consider selling anyone this month, with Schurrle’s teammate, Mohamed Salah, also struggling to impress upon the first-team.
Though no one has apparently made an official approach for Salah - Italian giants AS Roma have registered some sort of interest - but it can be assumed he’ll stay if Schurrle does end up leaving.
Mourinho won’t want to weaken his attacking line-up too much, and with Schurrle gone Salah will become the de-facto replacement to the triumvirate of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian.
Of course Schurrle’s sale - if it comes to fruition - could have an impact on Mourinho’s push to sign either Juan Cuadrado or Brazilian Douglas Costa. Both men are said to be keen on making transfers to Stamford Bridge this month, with Cuadrado possessive of a release clause that sees him available for £26.8 million and Costa having declared that it is his ‘dream’ to play for Chelsea.
Either could potentially replace Schurrle, and therefore also allow Mourinho to loan out Salah as well, yet if The Special One has any preference over the two targets he has yet to let it be known.
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