Chelsea could stand to lose out in the chase for Real Madrid striker as Inter Milan are readying a firm approach, say reports.
Internazionale have entered the race to sign potentially available Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, however, should the Italian side - a slumbering Serie A giant currently fifth in the division - acquire the reliable French goal-scorer, then it could mean bad news for two Premier League sides; Liverpool and Chelsea.
If Real are ever ready to do business with another club over the sale of Benzema then it will mean they have ample replacement either already signed, or in the pipeline - and their number one target is Reds star Luis Suarez.
Prolific forward Suarez has been in exceptional form this season, elevating his status in world football to a rare level only previously seen by La Liga performers such as Los Blancos hotshot Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona magician Lionel Messi.
Currently content at Anfield, Suarez appeared desperate to leave last summer as he did not feel wanted - or even felt like he was being hounded out of the club/league - by the British press. With one end-of-season prize already awarded to him and many more on the horizon due to his exemplary season-long form, the 27-year-old arguably feels at home now more than ever.
However, he will soon link up with his Uruguay team-mates at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil, a month-long tournament where, regardless of how he performs, he will be asked endless questions about his future, particularly if Real voice their admiration for the player.
When it comes to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu side, who were willing to offer Tottenham Hotspur £86m for Gareth Bale, anything is possible - and Suarez would maintain a modern Galactico policy and would be well worth an approximate £100m valuation.
Another Premier League club who are big losers in any Benzema to Inter transfer is Chelsea, as Jose Mourinho has - according to reports earlier this week - cooled his interest in Diego Costa, targeting Benzema instead.
Rated at £30m by transfermarkt.co.uk, Benzema - whose Real deal expires in 2015 - has been responsible for ten goals (five goals, five assists) in Champions League competition this season - a rate of return of one goal/assist once every 82.8 minutes he is on the field; an elite-level haul.