Chelsea are reportedly determined to sign Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle before the transfer window closes.
The 21-year-old was the subject of a failed £16m bid from the Blues earlier in the summer. And, according to the Guardian, manager Roberto Di Matteo is desperate to land the Germany international and will now up his bid to £20m to push the deal through.
The European champions will be in action on 31 August against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup at Monaco. The Sun reports that the club's executives in France have been trying to snap up Schurrle. The Daily Mail claims that if the deal is completed, Daniel Sturridge could head to either Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur on loan in search of regular first-team football.
A move for Schurrle would take the European Champion's spending over the £100m mark this summer after already signing Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marko Marin earlier in the window.
"It's important we try and utilise our squad and involve everybody. About 99% of my players are internationals, so we have a very good depth to the squad. From September on, we'll be playing solidly - if we get through in the cups - every three days until March. There'll be plenty of games, injuries and suspensions: games enough for everybody," Di Matteo said.
Benayoun Close to Loan Switch
Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun has revealed that he is in negotiations with two Premier League clubs over a season-long loan move.
The Israel international joined Chelsea in 2010 from Liverpool, but has failed to earn a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge. Benayoun spent last season on loan at Arsenal and has now confirmed that he is on the verge of another loan deal.
"Morning, I can confirm that I'm in talks with two premier league clubs about a loan move, hope to sort it by tomorrow evening," the 32-year-old tweeted.
Benayoun made 25 appearances for Arsenal last season, scoring six goals.