Chelsea should sign Benzema, but not for £40 million

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Chelsea have been linked with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in recent days. Here’s why the Frenchman should be their main priority this summer.

If recent reports are to be believed, Karim Benzema could be set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain showing an interest in the Real Madrid star.

However, of these teams, it’s Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea who need him the most. The club have lacked a clinical striker throughout the season and it’s almost a certainty that they will invest in this department over the summer months.

The France striker is undoubtedly one of the best in Europe and he would be a fantastic coup for the Blues. Mourinho will be looking to bring in a big name striker and Benzema could be his man.

The 26-year-old has scored 22 goals in all competitions for Madrid this season, including a vital winner in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, his creativity is a trait worth admiring. He has assisted a total of 13 goals across La Liga and the Champions League this season – offering fantastic support to both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. The three have formed a deadly partnership throughout the campaign, blowing away teams in each and every competition.

He would move directly into the first team set-up at Stamford Bridge, offering an excellent attacking outlet to the array of world class midfielders already at the club’s disposal. Playing alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Andre Schurrle, the Frenchman is likely to reach the heights of his time in Madrid.

The 26-year-old’s physique would offer him little difficulty when making the transition to the English top flight, whilst his natural ability with the ball would pose problems to defenders from all teams. He is strong and powerful, whilst he has pace to burn. He is also a potent finisher from inside the box.

Having worked with the forward during this three years, Mourinho has an automatic advantage – he obviously has a fantastic understanding of the Frenchman and this could prove influential in any potential deal.

While Madrid’s asking price – of around £42.5 million - may seem very high, he has proven himself as one of the most clinical attackers on the continent and his record for the Spanish outfit speaks for itself. He would be an asset to Chelsea’s attack, but not at this cost. If you consider Eden Hazard signed for £32 million - spending more on a less talented player would be simply outrageous.

If Real Madrid are genuinely prepared to sell, the Blues should state their interest, but for only half of the supposed asking price. Having said this, money is a luxury to the London outfit, so it’s more than likely they’d be willing to spend big to secure the Frenchman’s signature.

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