Atletico Madrid are preparing a bid to lure Chelsea's World Cup winner Andre Schurrle away from Stamford Bridge.
According to French newspaper Le10sport, the La Liga champions are interested in signing the German midfielder, who has struggled to get regular game time under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Diego Simeone is in the process of rebuilding his forward line after the departures of Diego Costa and David Villa.
The Argentine boss has already made two forward signings in Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann from Bayern Munich and Real Sociedad respectively. Now he has reportedly set his sights on the German star.
Schurrle, who moved to Stamford Bridge last summer from Bayer Leverkusen, has struggled to cement his place in Mourinho's starting lineup, starting just 15 games in the league. But he did make an impact scoring eight goals and his performance in Germany's 2014 World Cup triumph has further enhanced his reputation.
The German international's versatility and ability to play in any of the three forward positions is one of the main factors that has attracted the attention of the Argentine boss. Also the fact that he is a hard-working player will suit Simeone's style at Atletico.
However, the Spanish capital club will have to sell first in order to fund the move for the former Bayer Leverkusen player, as they will have to match or pay slightly more than the reported £18m that Chelsea paid for him last summer.
It is also claimed that Mourinho might just sanction the sale, as he is already over the foreign player limit and has to cut one member from the squad. Another reason to cash-in will be the Financial Fair Play rules that are in effect.
But considering the player's form during the World Cup and his ability to make an impact from the bench might tempt the Blues boss to hold on to the German champion.