Chelsea’s new manager Antonio Conte is apparently planning a complete revamp of the squad at Stamford Bridge this summer, and is looking at the possibility of bringing Christian Benteke in to play a two-striker system alongside Diego Costa, according to The Times.
Jurgen Klopp would presumably jump at the chance to offload the Belgian striker, as he just doesn’t see to fit into the German’s plans. These are still just rumours though, so we’ll have to wait and see if there’s any truth behind them.
With Italy, Conte plays a very different system to the one Chelsea are used to. He’s apparently looking to bring the 3-3-4 style Italy utilise to the club though, which will require a number of acquisitions.
Benteke is reportedly set to be among those acquisitions, with Conte believing he’ll be perfect for the two striker system he’s looking to build.
The 25-year-old has unquestionably been a disappointing signing, and the £32.5m price tag (via Sky Sports) makes it all the more difficult to stomach. If we can recoup a significant amount of that expenditure by selling Benteke this summer then it would be fantastic, and it could also open the door for a new arrival more in the mould of a Jurgen Klopp player.
Benteke arguably isn’t a bad striker at all, he just isn’t suited to our play-style and probably never will be. He could still enjoy a successful career, it’s just unlikely to be at Liverpool.
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All that said, we’re not entirely convinced by this report. Chelsea are known to be looking at striking options, with the Blues linked with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku as well (via the Express). It may simply be a case of a potentially exit bound striker being linked with a club on the hunt for fresh blood in attack, with the media taking two and two and making five.