The latest twist in Marco Reus: A Transfer Odyssey has seen Chelsea emerge as favourites for his signature, using compatriot Andre Schurrle as a makeweight in the deal.
Borussia Dortmund’s top talent has a much-publicised release clause in his contract at the Westfalenstadion that will be whittled down to £20m in the summer; pocket change for clubs as fiscally endowed as the Blues, who are 9/1 to house him by the close of the 2015 summer transfer window.
Not keen on risking losing out to a rival, Jose Mourinho allegedly wants to land the German forward in January and is willing to sacrifice World Cup winner Schurrle in order to land his man.
Both play in advanced midfield areas, though there’s no debating which is superior.
Still, swapping like-for-like may seem something of a pointless activity.
Also, Reus’ penchant for attacking – only Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic either scored or created a higher number of their team’s league goals than the 25-year-old last term – could prompt Mourinho to overlook his obvious talent in favour of an individual (like Schurrle) more willing to work backwards.
This was the crucial factor in the Special One’s decision to bin Stamford Bridge favourite Juan Mata last term in favour of industrious conjurer Willian.
An assessment of Reus’ statistics recorded this campaign, however, refute the notion that he won’t contribute in a defensive capacity, while his creative powers are so prominent that Chelsea would be stupid not to do such a deal if the opportunity arose.
Schurrle has made more tackles than his contemporary so far this term (24 to ten), but has won less than half of them.
He’s recovered possession on just ten instances whereas the Dortmund man has prevailed in eight of his ten tackle attempts – a success rate of 80 per cent.
This figure is key in contributing to his Squawka.com defence score of 61.33, which towers over Schurrle’s feeble -3.71.
Defensively speaking, the Bayer Leverkusen academy graduate is actually a detriment to his side, while Reus is a competent practitioner without the ball.
With it, he’s created 18 chances compared to Schurrle’s two, boasts a shot accuracy of 41 per cent versus 33 and successfully dribbles around 62.07 per cent of adversaries next to 37.5 per cent.
Reus outshines Chelsea’s resident German winger in every capacity and making the upgrade is a move they must consider making.