Chelsea planning January bid for Karim Benzema
Published 21/12/2015 | 08:33
Chelsea will look to upgrade on misfiring striker Diego Costa by signing Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.
The Mirror claims that Benzema is growing increasingly unhappy with life in Spain and would be open to a move to England.
Benzema was recently involved in a scandal with Mathieu Valbuena, and he felt he did not get enough support from Real Madrid.
The Frenchman is facing criminal charges for his role in that blackmail plot.
Arsenal have also long retained an interest in the striker, and are expected to go back in for Benzema in January.
Real president Florentino Perez however wants Benzema to stay, and sees him as on Real's most important players.
Another striker Chelsea are being linked with is Liverpool's Christian Benteke.
Benteke only joined the Reds this summer, but has struggled to adapt to his new club's style of play.
His manager Jurgen Klopp though rubbished reports he would be leaving the club. "If it’s the same probability of all the other transfer rumours that I’ve heard since I’ve been here, then I’m cool," the German said when asked about the story from The Mirror.
"The things I’ve read so far are nil per cent true. I don’t know. I’ve never heard about this."
If Chelsea fail to land Benzema or Benteke, an alternative is Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.
The former Manchester United frontman has been banging in the goals for the German side this season, and would offer a more mobile option to what Chelsea have currently.
Spanish website Don Balon claims Chelsea are confident of landing the Mexican in January.
One striker who looks set to be heading out of Stamford Bridge is Radamel Falcao.
Falcao has been out of form since joining Chelsea on loan this summer, and he will seek showdown talks with manager Guus Hiddink to discuss his future.
The Mirror claims that If Hiddink tells him that he will continue to be on the fringes, Falcao will ask for a return to his parent club Monaco in an attempt to get more regular football.
Meanwhile, in managerial news, The Sun claims that Didier Drogba is being groomed to one day become the Chelsea manager. Roman Abramovich wants club legend Drogba to join as a coach this season, and if that's not possible then certainly by next summer.
Elsewhere, Fox Sports claims Chelsea want Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Mourinho as permanent manager next summer.
Pellegrini will likely be out of a job by then at Manchester City, who are keen to appoint Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola as his replacement.