Chelsea will resist any interest from Wolfsburg in Andre Schurrle as they plot to use the German attacker in a swap deal to land his compatriot Marco Reus from Dortmund, according to reports from The Express.
The Blues are currently at the top of the Premier League table with the season past its midway point, but manager Jose Mourinho is keen to cement the Londoners as England’s biggest club force.
Reus is seen a target to help achieve that ambition, and the ‘Special One’ sorely wants to beat rivals such as Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, to the versatile attacker.
The Dortmund ace’s much-publicised £20m release clause kicks in at the end of the season, but Mourinho is hopeful that a swap offer including Schurrle may tempt the Bundesliga strugglers.
BVB, like Wolfsburg, are tracking the frustrated Chelsea man, who has feature infrequently this term, and could consider taking him as a direct replacement.
The Stamford Bridge side will therefore look to ensure that he’s kept available for such a deal.
Although Dortmund want to keep their man, selling to a foreign side is seen as more desirable than allowing another star to follow Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski to the Allianz Arena.