While Christian Benteke is expected to leave Liverpool this summer, a shock new contender has reportedly emerged for his signature.
West Ham have previously been linked with the Belgian international (in keeping with their being linked with every striker in Europe), but a report in the Times today has suggested that 2015 Premier League champions Chelsea could turn to Benteke should they fail in their bid to bring Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are set to return on-loan strikers Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato to their parent clubs this summer, whle major doubts continue to hang over the futures of Loïc Rémy, Diego Costa and Dominic Solanke. Should all five leave, that would leave new manager Antonio Conte with only youngster Bertrand Traoré as a forward option.
The report notes that Lukaku remains very much Conte’s first choice, and the player himself could not be more open to a Chelsea return, but interest from the likes of PSG and, potentially, Bayern mean that ultimately the 22 year old may opt for a move abroad and immediate Champions League football.
Benteke did not have the best of seasons at Liverpool, scoring nine goals in 29 Premier League games, and the £32.5m signing from Aston Villa is expected to be moved on by manager Jürgen Klopp as doubts remain regarding his ability to play in Klopp’s preferred passing game. He has indicated a willingness to stay and fight for his place, but he faces the prospect of being Liverpool’s fifth choice forward should he choose not to leave Anfield.
Benteke or Lukaku would be part of a Chelsea overhaul this summer. Conte has, as per the report, earmarked five new signings as he looks to make his mark on his new club straight away.
Given the current Italy manager’s knowledge base, many names have been coming from Serie A, with the likes of Radja Nainggolan and Stephan Lichtsteiner finding themselves linked with the London club recently.
Naturally, fans of both clubs have found the link more than amusing…
Chelsea want Benteke. pic.twitter.com/P0PqUnwFul
— Joe Allen’s Chicken (@BecOfTheKop) June 2, 2016
According to the Times, Chelsea are interested in Benteke if they can’t sign Lukaku. Who knows why.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) June 2, 2016
Quite sure some people in a room just sit and think…
What should we do next?
Let’s rumour Benteke to Chelsea as Lukaku alternative ?
— J. (@PsychoCesc) June 3, 2016
This one is unlikely to happen, purely because Chelsea will probably end up signing Lukaku. Still, there is a good striker in Benteke, but Liverpool are probably never going to see the best of him.
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