Schurrle not expected to feature in Capital One Cup tie after Wolfsburg officials travelled to London over the weekend to hold talks with Chelsea about the deal
André Schürrle is expected again to be missing from the Chelsea squad tonight as Wolfsburg attempt to strike a deal to sign the German international.
The official reason for Schürrle’s probable absence against Liverpool in the second leg of Chelsea’s Capital One Cup semi-final is the back injury that was blamed for him missing the FA Cup defeat against Bradford City.
Wolfsburg officials travelled to London over the weekend to hold talks with Chelsea about the possibility of signing Schürrle before the January transfer window shuts.
It is also believed that Schürrle’s father, Joachim, was with Wolfsburg officials yesterday as the German club attempt to structure a deal that will suit them and Chelsea. Chelsea are demanding around £25 million to sell Schürrle this month, but Wolfsburg would prefer to take him on loan until the end of the season, with the guarantee of a permanent transfer in the summer.
Schürrle is keen to complete a move to Wolfsburg, having grown frustrated at slipping down the Stamford Bridge pecking order behind Willian and Oscar. It is unclear whether or not Chelsea would be open to a loan deal with a view to a permanent move for Schürrle, as the west London club would have to spend upwards of £25 million to replace him.
Fiorentina have reiterated that winger Juan Cuadrado will not be sold for less that his £26.8 million release clause, while Shakhtar Donetsk have quoted £30m for Douglas Costa. Costa appears to be trying to convince Shakhtar to lower their asking price with several public demonstrations of affection for Chelsea and their manager Jose Mourinho.
In his latest plea, Costa said: “To play at Chelsea is a dream for any player. It is standing next to some of the best players in the world and competing with the world’s best as well. But really, what catches my eye is the coach. He is a very intelligent coach and has been victorious wherever he went. One of the things that would make me happier to act at Chelsea would be this.
“I learnt a lot here with Mircea Lucescu. I arrived at Shakhtar aged 19 and he taught me a lot. I am very grateful. But I also know that with Mourinho at Chelsea, my progress would be even greater. He has won just about everything. He is among the best, if not the best. He is at the top.”
Roma have agreed a deal with Chelsea in which they would sign Mohamed Salah on loan with a view to a permanent switch, but the Italians are also looking at other options, Luiz Adriano and Yevhen Konoplyanka, before finalising a move.
It is believed that Roma are hoping to find out tomorrow whether or not a £1.5 million bid for Adriano has been successful, which would have an impact on Salah. That opens up the possibility of Chelsea also offering Salah to Fiorentina as part of a bid for Cuadrado.
Andrea Della Valle, the Fiorentina president, said: “The buy-out clause is there. We put it high in order to keep him. I hope he will stay with us for a long time.”
Vincenzo Guerini, the club’s team manager, said: “Cuadrado? In modern football there is the risk of losing him, but we’re ready for any contingency. At the moment there is nothing, he’s happy here and he recently extended his contract. We’re prepared in case he leaves, but at moment he’s happy in Florence.”