Chelsea eye shock summer swoop for epic Liverpool transfer flop

According to reports from The Times, Chelsea are targeting Liverpool striker Christian Benteke ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Belgium international moved to Anfield only last summer in a £32.5million deal after bagging 49 goals across three seasons with now-relegated Aston Villa.

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Despite amassing a decent if unspectacular nine goals in 29 Premier League appearances last term, the 6 foot 3 target man appears to be a poor fit for Jurgen Klopp’s high-pressing philosophy, suggesting he could leave Merseyside this summer.

And according to The Times, Premier League rivals Chelsea are interested in taking Benteke off Liverpool’s hands, should they fail in a swoop for compatriot Romelu Lukaku.

The Blues have been linked with the 23-year-old striker, who previously spent three years on the books at Stamford Bridge, continuously in the build-up to the summer transfer window.

But with London Evening Standard claiming Everton value their star centre-forward at a whopping £65million, The Times suggest Benteke has been earmarked as a cheaper alternative.