Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of agreeing a deal for Borussia Dortmund and German forward Marco Reus as a potential replacement for out of favour compatriot Andre Schurrle.
After seeing Manchester City agree a deal for Ivorian Wilfried Bony, Jose Mourinho is ready to strengthen his side further as the chase for the league title begin to gather pace.
The Blues boss seems to have ran out of patience with Schurrle as the German has failed to impress the Portuguese manager this campaign. Mourinho is believed to be lining up a bid for the Borussia Dortmund’s sensation.
Andre Schurrle started this season on a rather good note scoring in the first league match but a series of injuries and illness has seen his form dip over the months.
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have been rumoured to be interested in taking the 24-year-old to Volkswagen arena in a deal worth around £23million but it seems the German will prefer a switch to Jorgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea could use Schurrle in a player plus cash deal to get their target.
Reus contract with Dortmund runs until 2017 but he has a clause on his contract that will make him leave the club on a reduced fee by the summer of 2015.
Chelsea already have a strong squad but Reus will be an upgrade to Schurrle and Willian. The right attacking midfield position has been a straight fight between Willian and Schurrle.
Willian has however, been more consistent with his performance than the German and Mourinho will need someone who can raise the level above what Willian and Schurrle offer.
Reus is a technically gifted player. Can play anywhere along the attacking band either as a winger or attacking midfielder. He can also operate as a second striker as he has a good eye for goal. His versatility will give Chelsea a different dimension as he can draw out defenders with or without the ball on his feet.
With his lowered release clause set to be activated in the summer, Dortmund could be keen to let him go on a good fee this January rather than risk loosing him on the cheap come June/July.
The 25-year-old will be a good acquisition for Jose Mourinho and will compliment the effort of players like Hazard, Fabregas and Costa in attack.
It won’t be out of place if Mourinho strengthen his side further with the acquisition of Reus though, the club will likely face stiff competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United who are also believed to be interested in the player’s signature.