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The Daily Mail have linked Real Madrid with a fervent pursuit of Liverpool's PFA Player of the Year winning striker Luis Suarez.
The Premier League would be a poorer product without the Uruguayan. He is undeniably the most effective player for his position in the whole of England and there is an argument that he could usurp Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world should he continue to develop and replicate his domestic performances on the Champions League stage.
A Suarez sale, though, does of course benefit clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea as it would weaken a legitimate title threat, however, for the Blues it could serve a dual benefit as it would ensure unfavoured Frenchman Karim Benzema becomes surplus to requirements.
In the same report, Benzema has apparently attracted the attention of Chelsea who may well regard the Madrid asset to be just as useful as other targets like Diego Costa and Edinson Cavani, for a cheaper price.
In Primera Division football alone, Benzema has scored 17 times and assisted nine goals for an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assist produced every 97 minutes.
Under Jose Mourinho's watch in the Portuguese's last season in La Liga, Benzema was more productive per minutes played as he scored 12 and assisted 13 times from 1,775 minutes - one goal/assist every 71 minutes. In the Champions League he was even more useful for Mourinho, returning a goal or assist every 53 minutes.
Elsewhere, Chelsea are gearing toward the second leg of their Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid. The club drew 0-0 in Spain last week and so Wednesday's game could provide much tension, especially as Chelsea may be without John Terry.
However, Mark Schwarzer has given some insider's information on the fitness of the captain: "He does take a little bit longer to heal than usual because he is [getting older] but he’s a top pro and he will do whatever is possible to get on that pitch."
He continued: "We’re all hoping he will be [fit]. He’s been in the best form this season. He’s been unbelievable and he’s been a big reason why we’ve been so successful this season."
And finally, HITC:Sport reported the precise reason why Juan Mata was sold was because he wouldn't have been able to perform how Mourinho would have wanted him to had he featured for Chelsea against Liverpool recently.
There is a debate to be had over whether Mourinho and Chelsea exposed Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool.
Manchester United's former captain Gary Neville made an implied men against boys statement over Chelsea's disciplined strategy over Liverpool's one-dimensional approach.