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Chelsea set to launch shock bid for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke

Stamford Bridge side chase Villa Park hit-man.

Chelsea are reportedly looking to sign Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his attacking options this summer according to the Metro.

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The 24 year old Belgian has been a man reborn in recent months, his return to form coinciding with Tim Sherwood’s appointment as replacement for former boss Paul Lambert, and Mourinho now sees the powerful forward as a possible replacement for likely exit bound veteran Didier Drogba.

Benteke netted a hugely impressive 23 goals in his debut season but didn’t reach the same heights in his second campaign and had continued to fall away prior to Sherwood’s arrival this term.

A run of 11 goals in his last ten games has helped Aston Villa to steer clear of the drop zone whilst also booking a spot in the FA Cup final.

Sherwood would not want to lose Benteke but it’s likely the player would have his head turned should Chelsea make an offical offer.

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