Chelsea to Launch £32m Real Madrid Striker Bid

French international high up Stamford Bridge wish-list.

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Spanish source Fichajes claim that Chelsea are readying a €40m (£32m) bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as the West London side look to improve their attacking options.

The Stamford Bridge side have steadfastly stuck with Fernando Torres as spearhead of the Blues attack but 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.

One wonders however if the French international would be keen on a January move to a Chelsea side who appear to be going backwards over the past few months, with their Premier League title challenge wilting and a likely Champions League exit on the cards.

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