Transfer Mongering: German in – German out??
Chelsea is planning to make a bid for the Bundesliga superstar Marco Reus and is planning to offload Andre Schurrle.
This deal may go through with two possibilities:
1. Reus-Schurrle swap –
A German for another German. The Blues may use Andre Schurrle as a bait to sign Reus. However, this deal could be possible only if Dortmund’s league position could improve. Currently, they are in the relegation zone and if they don’t achieve a decent Europa League qualification, this deal would be stalled for obvious reasons.
This will make both parties happy because Andre Schurrle’s wages are lower as compared to Marco Reus; and Chelsea would be content with it, because Reus is an upgrade to Schurrle.
The other possibility
2. Reus in Schurrle out –
Schurrle has found many suitors in the likes of PSG, Atletico Madrid and more recently VfL Wolfsburg. As a matter of fact, according Daily Mail, Wolfsburg had made a bid of €23 million to acquire the services of Andre Schurrle. Chelsea can get a €23 million clasp the deal for Reus.
This would also help Chelsea in reducing the pressure of FFP. Also, Andre Schurrle quoted that he doesn’t want to leave Chelsea till summer. Chelsea’s Assistant first team coach Rui Faria quoted:
“That wouldn’t be my decision.”
“Jose has been clear that he doesn’t want anybody to leave and, presuming that is the case, then nobody will come in.”
“If Jose and the club felt it was the best thing to do for the club [to sell a player] then I’m sure they would make the appropriate decision.”
“I can only repeat that the hope and the expectation is that there will be no business.”
Let’s analyze why Reus would be a better alternative to Schurrle:
1. Reus is a first team star player. Schurrle is more of a backup option.
2. 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. This could prompt Mourinho to overlook his obvious talent in favour of an individual (like Schurrle) more willing to work backwards.
3. According to Squawka.com Reus’ defence score of 61.33, 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% versus 33 and successfully dribbles around 62.07 per cent of antagonists next to 37.5%.
In conclusion, I would only like to mention that Chelsea should seal the deal before Reus finds suitors in Real Madrid and bring in the winger.
Thankfully, Reus’ agent has dismissed the rumours regarding Real Madrid. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and Reus’ agent Dirk Hebel have stated that the World Cup winner has not moved to the Bernanbeu.
“There is nothing to it,” said Watzke. Hebel added that the report was “blatant nonsense.”
To end with, I would like to declare that Reus surpasses Chelsea’s resident German winger in every capacity and making the upgrade is a move our management must consider making.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire