A World Cup star for Germany in the summer, could Andre Schurrle be sold in January by Chelsea?
The Sun claim the attacker is in line for the exit, with manager Jose Mourinho unimpressed by his contribution this season.
Schurrle has made four starts in the Premier League this season for unbeaten Chelsea, and a further four appearances from the bench.
The paper write that Schurrle is a lead contender to be sold, with Chelsea reportedly having to sell before buying.
There are clear reasons however why the 24-year-old should be kept by the Blues, even if he is not at present commanding a first team spot on a regular basis.
World Cup hangover
One of the reasons Schurrle has not hit top form so far this season, is due to the fact he rushed back after the World Cup. He had just a two week break in the summer, and no pre-season to speak of, and judging him on a run of games in which he has been in and out of the side does not give a fair view of his talent; even last season he was used too inconsistently.
Schurrle's international achievements should say it all. He is a World Cup winner, and was key in Germany winning the tournament with a number of impact appearances off the bench. This included an assist in the final against Argentina which won the game.
Value for money
Schurrle cost Chelsea £17 million, and if they were to sell him they may only fetch around £25 million. For that money, would they sign a player as talented, or who is as ready to step into attack? The German's versatility allows him to play across the front line, he is already adjusted to the Premier League, and as Mohammed Salah's troubles have shown, a new addition is no guarantee to succeed.
Despite being in and out of the side, Schurrle remains the ultimate professional, and does not kick up a fuss at being on the bench and create problems for Mourinho. With football a squad game, and Chelsea competing on multiple fronts, selfless players like Schurrle are essential to helping the club succeeding, able to contribute real quality when they get opportunities.
There are other ways for Chelsea to raise money if they need to. Firstly they can look at selling off loan stars they do not want like Fernando Torres, and even writing off Marco van Ginkel. Alternately they can try to ship out Jon Obi Mikel finally, or even axe the aforementioned Salah.