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Chelsea have identified Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke as a potential transfer target for next season, according to reports.

Chelsea need new striker

The Blues were left frustrated in the ongoing transfer window after missing out on Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian decided to move to rivals Manchester United. The rift between Antonio Conte and Diego Costa meant the Spaniard will not feature for the club next season as he might make a move in the coming days.

The Blues were leading the race for Lukaku but the Belgian moved elsewhere which left the club in a difficult position. They have been linked with the likes of Andrea Belotti, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alvaro Morata in the recent weeks.

Chelsea had also reportedly registered interest in signing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero but the Citizens had quickly rebuffed the interest from their title rivals.

Benteke- New transfer target

Christian Benteke is one of the most prolific strikers in Premier League over the past few years. Despite his disappointing spell at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, the Belgian international managed to have a great season with Crystal Palace.

According to Daily Telegraph, Antonio Conte is keen to get the 26-year old to Stamford Bridge this summer but only as a second choice striker. Benteke had scored an impressive 15 goals in Premier League last season and should he move to Chelsea he will become a backup to the big marquee striker, whom Chelsea are searching.

Benteke scored 42 goals in 89 games at Villa Park during his time at Aston Villa before moving to Liverpool in a record £32.5million. He had a good start to the season under Brendan Rodgers but had fallen down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp which forced him to move away to Crystal Palace last summer for more game time.

Chelsea are in desperate need to sign a striker especially considering Diego Costa will not be playing for sure next season. Alvaro Morata is tipped to move away to AC Milan but the Blues will need to act fast or their options would surely become thin very soon in the current transfer market.

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