Marco Reus To Chelsea FC: What Are The Chances?


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Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus is reportedly being sought by Chelsea FC according to The German has apparently stalled new contract talks with his current club, and is believed to fancy a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea as his prime destination.

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There are also rumors circling Chelsea wingers Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah. The two players are seldom used by Jose Mourinho, leading to speculation on January transfer moves. It has been reported that Schurrle will be swapped for Reus, while Salah may move to Inter Milan.

Schurrle recently hinted that he is happy at Stamford Bridge via his Instagram page. He posted a photo of himself in his Chelsea kit with the caption: “To the top:)) #behappy #blues.”

Mourinho expressed disappointment with both Salah and Schurrle recently; consistency seems to be the main issue.

"On Schurrle he said “Sometimes he plays phenomenal. Other times he plays so-so. But when he plays phenomenal, he is phenomenal.”"

A move for Salah seems more plausible, the Egyptian doesn’t seem to be a part of Mourinho’s plans at the moment, and he may go elsewhere in search of playing time.

While the addition of Reus to an already-brilliant Blues’ squad would be superb, I just don’t see it happening. The winger would definitely bring loads of talent with him, he is quick, crafty and has a penchant for finding the back of the net. He has scored 118 career goals in 302 appearances; last season, he both scored and assisted 23 goals.

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I’m sure Chelsea would want a player of such immense quality within their ranks, but how would he fit into the Blues’ set-up?

Reus plays as a winger or attacking midfielder, he could be used on both wings but he mostly plays on the left — Chelsea have that position covered with Eden Hazard.

They also have Cesc Fabregas and Oscar to fill the middle, and Willian is a workhorse on the right. Although he doesn’t contribute as much to the scoring as we would like to see, he is a valuable player to Mourinho.

Reus could probably displace Willian or Oscar if he comes to Chelsea, but I’m sure that they would still get loads of playing time. This would mean that the German would spend more time on the bench than he does at his present club. While a lot of players would love to be a part of the Chelsea project, no one wants to be on the bench.

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  • There are several other clubs which would guarantee Reus an immediate starting position (including his own). In fact, I can only think of one other club where he would not have his way, but Chelsea simply cannot promise that right now.

    The club would also have to spend a huge chunk to get him; after announcing profits and a huge turnover this week, I just don’t see them going back to the market to throw money around.

    The club is maturing under Mourinho, they have taken up a new businesslike approach, no longer seeming like a spoiled child running through the candy aisle at a supermarket. Splashing the cash may be a thing of the past for Chelsea, they have a great squad right now, and additions to the midfield don’t seem very necessary right now.

    I’m not saying that Chelsea don’t need Reus (although they probably don’t), the move just doesn’t seem likely. Reus is a quality player who needs to play every game, Chelsea cannot offer him that. Also, I don’t see the club spending such huge sums to add to positions they already have covered.

    Personally I would love to see Reus don Chelsea’s blue — and it may happen if the interest is genuine — but I would be shocked if the switch were to occur in January.