Chelsea are planning for a shock January move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke to lift the gloom at Stamford Bridge as soon as possible, according to a report from the Sunday People.
It is understood that the 25-year-old Belgian international was a top priority target on a list prepared by manager Jose Mourinho before he was sacked by Chelsea on Thursday.
The report also claimed Benteke, who arrived at Anfield with a £32.5million contract from Aston Villa last summer when Brendan Rodgers was Liverpool manager, could still be on Chelsea’s transfer target list of interim boss Guus Hiddink.
The stand-in Dutch manager has already identified a lack of goals as a major concern for the struggling Blues and surprisingly Benteke is seen as a potential solution for that problem.
However, Liverpool will not be interested in a loan deal, even though with Chelsea hobbling at the bottom of the table and they are not any more direct rivals for a top four finish.
But the Belgian attacker has struggled to adapt new manager Jurgen Klopp’s style of play more than any of the others in the squad and the German tactician is also not sure whether Benteke is the right fit for Liverpool or not. This could lead to a potential deal between the two rival clubs once the transfer window opens in January. In recent matches fellow Belgian Divock Origi and Brazilian Robert Firmino have been preferred by Jurgen Klopp.
In the ten matches Benteke has featured under Klopp, he has netted only three times, ironically including one strike against Chelsea when Liverpool won the match by 3-1 margin.
Benteke once again failed to deliver in the 2-2 draw with West Brom last weekend and ahead of Sunday’s fixture at Watford, Klopp hinted the striker is struggling.
“There’s a difference between the way we play and Aston Villa play. If as a striker you don’t feel confident in the game because you aren’t getting enough crosses then you have to move more.
“As a striker you want to play five, six games in a row. At Villa when he was fit he played – but here everything is different.”
Klopp also admitted there are improvements to be done but it is believed the German may not have enough time or patience to change the striker.
Instead, he may decide to offload him in a bid to splash in more money to move for his own new players.