Andre Schurrle has been linked with a move to both Everton and Crystal Palace – in a switch that could spark a flurry of transfer activity.
The former Chelsea man has dropped down the pecking order at the Bundesliga giants and looks set to return to the Premier League this summer.
Schurrle was allowed to miss Dortmund’s clash with Manchester City on Saturday after Dortmund confirmed he could the winger was in talks over a potential switch.
Dortmund released a tweet via their official account, which read: “Andre_Schuerrle was not in the squad for MCFCBVB as he is exempted due to negotiations with another club.”
A spokesman for the club continued: “Of course, we won’t tell you which club it is, he is released for talks for another club.”
The Sun claims Palace are the side most likely to be in talks for Schurrle, though Everton have also been mentioned as potential suitors too. West Ham were thought to be keen earlier in the summer, but instead opted to sign Andriy Yarmolenko.
By offloading both Yarmolenko and potentially Schurrle too, Dortmund are expected to launch a big-money raid for Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. The former Manchester United man has reportedly asked to leave Selhurst Park this summer, amid claims of triple interest in the Ivory Coast winger.
Zaha is expected to cost anything up to £60million this summer and, amid fears he could leave, Palace are looking to bring in either Schurrle – or their former star Yannick Bolasie.
Bolasie left the Eagles for Everton in the summer of 2016 for £25m but has spent much of his time at the club on the sidelines after he suffered a horrific knee injury.
Now fit, Bolasie could be moved on by Everton this summer – though only if new Toffees boss Marco Silva is successful in reported efforts to bring Schurrle to the club.
Either way, whichever club Schurrle chooses to join is likely to have a big impact in the future transfer dealings for both Everton and Palace over the remainder of the summer.