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Exclusive: Chelsea Prepare £40m Bid for Bayern Munich Star Mario Gotze

Stamford Bridge side plan ahead for possible Eden Hazard exit.

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Chelsea are readying a move for Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze as Jose Mourinho prepares for the possible departure of Belgian attacker Eden Hazard.

The 22 year old German international, who netted the winner at this summer’s World Cup final win over Argentina, has spoken recently of his desire to secure a move abroad, is now the number one Blues target as they anticipate a possible Hazard exit.

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The former Lille man has been consistently linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, last term PSG being Hazard’s chief suitor, and Real Madrid are believed to see the 23 year old Stamford Bridge star as a possible replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who in turn is said to favour a move back to Man United.

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In what could be an extensive game of musical chairs a series of comings and goings could see the trio switch clubs and Mourinho is therefore planning ahead for just such a possibility.

Gotze moved to the Allianz Arena in July 2013 after the Bundesliga giants activated his £30m release clause but perhaps surprisingly the attacking midfielder was by no means a regular in his first season at Bayern Munich.

Last term Gotze started just over half of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga and Champions League fixtures though will expect to play a more prominent role this term.

Mourinho is known to be an admirer of the former Borussia Dortmund man and had targeted the flair player when he was in charge of Real Madrid.

Chelsea are ready to offer Gotze as much as £180k a week, which is a big increase on his current salary, said to be around £100k a week, and a move to the west London side may well tempt the attacker with Mourinho receiving the backing of owner Roman Abramovich to make a move for the Bayern Munich man next summer.

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