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Stamford Bridge side ready to spend big to lure Bernabeu side into French international sale.
Chelsea’s lengthy pursuit of alternative attacking options will reportedly lead them to the Bernabeu as the West London side prepare a bid in the region of £35m for French international forward Karim Benzema.
The Stamford Bridge side have steadfastly stuck with Fernando Torres as spearhead of the Blues attack but Roberto Di Matteo has run out of patience with the Spaniard and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is ready to finance a big money move for the Real Madrid striker as he looks to provide funds to strengthen the Chelsea squad in January.
Despite the fact that the 24 year old finished last term as Real Madrid’s second top-scorer, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho has seemingly consigned Benzema to a spot behind Argentine Gonzalo Higuain in the Real Madrid striking pecking order.
The former Lyon man has started just eight of the club’s 19 fixtures in all competitions and this has led to a drop in form and a vicious circle that could well lead the powerful forward to consider a possible move to leave the Spanish giants.
Real Madrid spent upwards of £33m, a fee that is dependent on incremental increases connected with his continued presence at the club and any success the club achieves during his time at the club, to land the forward in July 2009. Though he struggled for form early on his career he has gone on to be a success in Spain’s top tier.
Last term Benzema netted 32 goals in all competitions and Chelsea have earmarked a move for the Real Madrid star after seeing moves to capture Atletico Madrid goal machine Radamel Falcao hit something of a brick wall.
The Colombian is apparently content to remain at the Vicente Calderon and though Atletico are well known for their decision to cash in on star players they are reticent to do so as they are still very much involved in a genuine domestic title challenge.
Di Matteo doesn’t appear to have a great deal of confidence in England man Daniel Sturridge and has only called upon the former Man City man for cameo sub appearances and just one Premier League start this season. However the Italian’s insistence on sticking with Torres is seemingly a decision borne out of a lack of suitable alternatives rather than a genuine belief that the 28 year old it the ideal man to provide the end product to Chelsea’s attack.
Therefore the West London side will look to Benzema as a possible alternative, the success of which could well greatly depend on whether Mourinho also looks to beef up his own attacking options in January.
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