This transfer window is expected to be an incredibly busy period of business for several reasons, with new managers taking over at some of the biggest clubs and new financial powerhouses overhauling their squads with ludicrous spending sprees.
Another reason is the prospect of next summer’s World Cup, and the desire of players to find regular first team football in a bid to secure a place in Brazil. This can lead to some individuals turning down the biggest clubs in favour of a guaranteed first team spot elsewhere.
This will not have been lost on Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, whose desire to leave Villa Park will not overshadow his plans to start for Belgium at the World Cup next year. With that in mind, Chelsea might find it hard to convince the 22-year-old to move to Stamford Bridge considering the lack of first team opportunities his compatriot Romelu Lukaku has had there.
Lukaku was prolific on loan at West Brom last season, but was only recently assured of his place in Chelsea’s first team plans next year, and could still struggle to play regularly if Jose Mourinho is able to bring in a new star striker in the next few months.
Benteke might feel that the competition for places, not least with Lukaku, is too high at Stamford Bridge if he wants to prove himself worthy of a starting spot for Belgium. Chelsea are likely to stick with a one-striker system next year due to the brilliance of their array of attacking midfielders, and the Aston Villa player might view it as too much of a gamble that he will be Mourinho’s first choice.
That could give Tottenham Hotspur an advantage in the race for Benteke, and so far reports have indicated the Belgian would favour a move to White Hart Lane. However whilst Spurs can likely offer more first team football than Chelsea, they will find it far harder than the Blues to muster the £25million Villa are demanding for Benteke.
image: © nicksarebi