Chelsea have lined up a potential move for unwanted Liverpool forward Christian Benteke this summer, but only if they fail to re-sign Romelu Lukaku.
This is according to to Matt Hughes of the Times, who reports that Lukaku is Antonio Conte’s first-choice, with Chelsea expected to sell Diego Costa back to Atletico Madrid this summer.
Whether Benteke ends up at Chelsea or not, the Londoners interest in him will at least help with Liverpool’s asking price this summer. I’m sure that FSG will be holding out for what they initially paid Aston Villa 12 months ago.
Possible move abroad?
Another team linked with the Belgian today is Italian giants Juvenuts (via La Gazzetta dello Sport) who apparently see him as a potential replacement for Alvaro Morata.
I can see this story going on for a while. Klopp clearly prefers Sturridge, Origi and Firmino to Benteke. When Ings returns to full fitness then we’ll see Benteke go further down the pecking order.