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Schurrle thing? Blues’ Andre to Wolfsburg, who will replace him?

| 20.01.2015

Wolfsbug have made second spot in Bundesliga their own. Taking over from Borussia Dortmund this season as Bayern Munich’s closest challengers for the title, they are 11 points adrift (and six ahead of Bayer Leverkusen) and are 20/1 with Coral to win the Europa League.

One component of their success is arguably Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, who made a permanent switch to the German outfit last summer from Stamford Bridge.

However, it has been reported that they could be about to return with a bid for Chelsea attacker Andre Schurrle to aid their assault on the German title. The German was deployed with great effect at the World Cup as an impact substitution, though has been utilised sparingly this season under Jose Mourinho, who picks Eden Hazard and Willian ahead of the 24-year-old.

Currently vacating the left wing berth is 35-year-old Croatia international Ivica Ollic who works hard, though isn’t renowned for his creativity, and Schurrle would give Wolfsburg a different dimension.

Jose Mourinho often replaces departed players and this would likely be the case if he does indeed leave, with the Blues linked to Fiorentina’s Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado recently. The 26-year-old’s release clause is thought to be £26.8m and his arrival would provide fiercer competition for places and push the likes of Hazard and Willian.

Mourinho sanctioned a move for Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah last January, though he is yet to make an impact. It was thought that the 22-year-old may have been loaned out his season, which would certainly benefit all parties involved, and then there is Victor Moses, who is spending this term at Stoke City.

Chelsea, 7/1 to win the Champions League, may also want to look at someone like Antonio Candreva, who is making waves in Serie A for Lazio and has been an integral part of their campaign. He would certainly give the fans a thrill, while adding even more creativity to the team’s attack.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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