How failure to land Rooney could enable a Chelsea Benteke bid

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Chelsea may soon have to turn their attention to another striker with several online sources claiming Christian Benteke will be their new target.

Chelsea have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United but it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise should the club pull off an unlikely deal for Aston Villa’s Belgian star.

As things stand, Aston Villa are in a very strong position having just got Benteke to sign a new deal with the club, doing a U-turn over his original desire to move away from Villa Park.

However, Chelsea are one of the only clubs in the country with the resources needed to change that situation, making a new contract seem pointless if they submit a huge offer for the player.

In many ways, Benteke may actually be a better signing for the Blues despite the fact Rooney obviously has several years more experience in English football and he’s proved he can be prolific over a long period of time.

Jose Mourinho seems to have been searching for that Didier Drogba style player ever since he returned to Chelsea and his reluctance to start Romelu Lukaku against Hull City could be a sign that he doesn’t think the youngster is ready for that role.

Benteke certainly possesses many of the same characteristics that Drogba displayed on a weekly basis for the West London club; he’s tall, he’s strong, he’s got pace and he’s a very powerful forward.

The difference between Benteke and Rooney is that Rooney’s role has changed in terms of the way he’s played as a striker.

Towards the end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s career, Rooney was playing as more and more of an attacking based midfield player, occasionally playing up alongside another striker.

Chelsea have any of half a dozen players who can play that role in their current squad, what they need is a player who could hit the ground running for them at the top of their attack, pinning the opposition back inside their defensive third and that’s something Benteke can do very easily.

Considering how hard Paul Lambert fought to turn around Benteke’s thinking, it would be very surprising if Villa now sold him for anything less than what would be a ridiculous fee, but if Chelsea offered £35 million, would Villa sell?

It’s also important to consider where these links and reports are coming from as they don’t seem to be based on anything official or coming from sources that masses trust in terms of English football.

It would have to be a mega offer considering the time left in the transfer window plus the fact Villa have just let Darren Bent go to Fulham, which weakens them in an attacking sense.

If no deal for Rooney materialises, Benteke will be one of the options but it won’t be an easy or quick deal for the Blues to sort out which will more than likely keep the Belgian where he is.

Would Benteke be a good signing for Chelsea?

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