With one match left in the month of January, Chelsea find themselves with a 13-6-4 record and in third place in the Premier League.
After acquiring Demba Ba from Newcastle earlier this month, the Blues continue to be linked to Andre Schurrle, the 22-year-old German midfielder from Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga (h/t the Daily Mirror).
Schurrle has notched five goals and five assists in 19 matches this season and is an up-and-coming talent that would benefit any team.
But at what cost?
The Blues already have a couple of the best midfielders in the world on their squad in Oscar and Frank Lampard, so dishing out all that money to acquire Schurrle doesn't seem reasonable.
Schurrle has been on Chelsea's radar since June of 2012, and the talks have gotten more serious as the months have gone by.
In a report from Jan. 2, (via the Daily Mirror):
Chelsea are ready to hand German midfielder Marko Marin, 23, to Bayer Leverkusen as a 'sweetener' before bidding for their winger Andre Schurrle, 22, in the summer.
Schurrle is expected to come in at £25 million this summer, and the Blues threw in the German Marko Marin, who has failed to live up to expectations after coming back from injury, to help drive the price down in order to acquire Schurrle.
Marin is still a great talent when used in the right positions, and nerves come with playing in Stamford Bridge. Club manager Rafael Benitez needs to incorporate Marin into different roles before thinking about letting him go altogether.
Even if Schurrle does come at a cheaper price, it still isn't worth it to make a move on a player when your club is already talented at that position.
The Blues need to improve their defense before anything else.
According to soccernet.espn.com, Benitez said it's unlikely his club will make any further signings in the January window.
With that being said, the Blues are sure to make an offer on Schurrle once summer rolls around.
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