Stamford Bridge side keen on Villa Park hitman.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to blow Arsenal ‘out of the water’ in their pursuit of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke according to the Daily Star.
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The 22 year old Belgian international has apparently decided to quit Villa Park at the end of the season and a host of clubs are said to be ready to make a move for the £16m rated forward.
The former Racing Genk man is perhaps the only bright spot of a poor Aston Villa season, with the powerful marksman netting 14 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions and in the process consigning Darren Bent to the bench.
Abramovich will have to see off interest from the Gunners, Liverpool and Man City as well as from La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
Given that Chelsea’s squad already includes four Belgians; Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne, perhaps a move to Stamford Bridge will tempt Benteke more than a possible switch any of his many other prospective suitors.
Moves to capture Benteke may well lead Chelsea to offload off form Spaniard Fernando Torres, just as long as they can find a side willing to come anywhere near the £50m the West London club paid Liverpool for the 28 year old.