Speculation continues to suggest that a forgettable showing in the FA Cup final at Wembley may well have been Christian Benteke’s last in an Aston Villa shirt.
Liverpool have been linked with an approach for the powerful frontman for some time, while the Daily Star are now reporting that Manchester United have leapt to the front of the queue for the Belgium international.
They also credit Chelsea with holding an interest in the burly 24-year-old, with any official approach to Villa likely to spark a scramble for his services.
It is easy to see why Jose Mourinho and his Premier League champions would be keen, with Benteke seemingly the idle replacement for outgoing club icon Didier Drogba.
He is a younger, fresher version of the Ivorian, with time still very much on his side as he approaches the peak of his career.
Chelsea have had to handle Diego Costa with care, as a result of long-standing hamstring issues, so having Benteke on board would allow them to rotate up top between two proven marksmen of the very highest level.
One man hoping to see the Blues follow up on their reported interest is Eden Hazard, with the reigning PFA Player of the Year of the opinion that his fellow countryman would be a welcome addition to the Stamford Bridge ranks.
He said in quotes carried by the Daily Mirror: “If Christian signs with us, I would be the happiest man in the world.
"I have a great relationship with him and would like nothing better than to play with him. Christian is 25. He is at an age where he has to make a good career choice.
"Not that Aston Villa is a small club but he has already played many great games and can now play in the Champions League."
Benteke is said to be looking to make the step up into Europe’s premier club competition in the not too distant future, with his agent, Eris Kismet, admitting as much to Sky Sports News.
Chelsea could certainly offer him such a standing, but whether the competition for places in west London will edge him towards Old Trafford or a prolonged stay at Villa, remains to be seen.