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Report: Chelsea Target The Signing Of Liverpool Striker

Chelsea BOLOGNA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Italy Antonio Conte reacts during the international friendly match between Italy and Romania at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on November 17, 2015 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is currently preparing his Italian side to take on Sweden in Euro 2016 after the impressive victory over a fancied Belgium team. However, there is also business to attend to at Stamford Bridge.

The Pensioners are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season, and will need to bolster their squad.

Diego Costa went missing at times throughout the year, and Conte will know that the Spanish star needs to up his game in order to compete for silverware once again. To this end, a top-class partner in attack would be a major boost.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Diego Costa of Chelsea is shown a yellow card by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

According to The Times today, Chelsea are sizing up a bid for out-of-favour Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. The Belgian star moved to the Merseyside from Aston Villa last summer in a big-money move, but failed to make the desired impact at Anfield.

However, nobody doubts his raw quality, and once fitted into the right system, Benteke can become one of the most feared strikers in England once again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Christian Benteke of Liverpool looks on during the UEFA Europa League match between Liverpool FC and FC Girondins de Bordeaux at Anfield on November 26, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

This may be a huge boost for Costa, who appeared lost at times last season when playing up front on his own.

However, it is early days yet, and there is a long summer of transfer rumours ahead.

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