Taking into account Chelsea's 'Over 30s policy', manager Roberto Di Matteo could be set to re-open talks with 04 Bayer Leverkusen regarding their 21-year-old forward, Andre Schurrle.
Chelsea directors have a policy in place at Stamford Bridge, when a player reaches the age of 30, they will only offer a 1-year-contract extension and usually less wages. This may just put off any move for Athletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, who has been constantly linked with Chelsea throughout the last two months.
Both parties will see the move as risky, especially if Chelsea fork out the £45 million that Madrid want for Falcao. The player himself, will also not be keen to join baring in mind that in three years time, he too could be in the same position as current player Ashley Cole, who has refused to accept a 1-year extension on his own contract.
German international striker Schurrle, has been a target for Chelsea since they had a number of bids rejected by Leverkusen during the summer transfer window. Allegedly the final bid of around £16 million was close to being accepted, but Chelsea ran out of time to move back in with a bigger offer. It is said that £20 million should be enough to secure the deal in January.
This time around, Chelsea are encouraged by the striker's eagerness to come and play his football in the Premier League, on a number of occasions he has stated that he'd like to play for the reigning European Champions.
The fact he is young, versatile and cheaper, is said to be encouraging Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to move back in for the tall forward.
Schurrle has struggled to find early form this season in the Bundesliga, only managing one goal for seven appearances thus far, but he has shown glimpses of class in recent matches, re-confirming the reasons he is such a highly rated and admired striker around the globe.