The Juan Cuadrado debate continues to rumble around west London, with the Colombian reportedly making it unequivocally crystal that he wants to join Chelsea.
After a reported initial £23m bid for the Fiorentina star was turned down by the Tuscan capital club, Jose Mourinho poured cold water over the speculation that he was looking to add to his squad, stating, amongst other things, that he needs to sell before he can buy.
Today’s revelations from World Cup winner Andre Schurrle, however, may have billowed some life into the cadaver that is the Cuadrado to Chelsea transfer debacle.
Fed up with his position on the periphery of the Blues first-team, the former Bayer Leverkusen attacker has expressed his desire to join Wolfsburg, or so Sky Sports this afternoon have alleged.
Dieter Hecking’s men sit second in the Bundesliga, seven points inside the Champions League places and are keen to bolster their ranks in the hope of cementing a seat at Europe’s top table.
Chelsea are believed to want £22.5m for Schurrle, who is unlikely to feature when the Premier League pacesetters host Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg next, a match they’re priced at 31/50 to win.
Considering the club extracted an ungodly £50m from Paris Saint-Germain for David Luiz, a centre-back who resembles Simpsons’ super villain Sideshow Bob in both appearance and defensive ability, this seems a reasonable price.
Wolfsburg have already savoured success in acquiring wingers from the Blues’ unwanted bin through Belgian schemer Kevin De Bruyne, who has scored three and assisted ten in the German top-flight so far.
Adding Schurrle to a potent attacking-midfield concoction that includes KDB and Ivan Perisic spells G-O-A-L-S for Die Wolfe.
If they meet Chelsea’s financial demands, the move will enable the Blues to force through a deal for Cuadrado before next Monday’s transfer deadline.