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Chelsea enter Benteke race

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Blues ready to challenge Liverpool and United

Chelsea have reportedly entered the race to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, and are prepared to outbid Premier League rivals, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Belgium international has re-found his old form under Tim Sherwood, scoring 11 goals in his last 12 games during the 2014/2015 campaign, and that form has sparked interest from a trio of English clubs.

Benteke was struggling for most of the season under Paul Lambert, scoring just two goals the entire season before Sherwood took over at Villa Park, but after the ex-Tottenham manager arrived, he had a massive impact on the Belgium.

Despite failing to impress on the big stage yesterday during the FA Cup Final, where Villa were thumped 4-0 by Arsenal, clubs remain interested in the 24-year-old striker, who has a £32.4million release clause in his contract.

Trio of Clubs Interested

Sherwood confirmed before the final that there is a clause in Benteke’s contract and he’s admitted that he is helpless if an offer that activates the clause comes in.

Chelsea, Liverpool and United have all been linked with the striker in recent weeks, with The Blues just recently entering the race.

The trio are all in the market for new strikers, with Chelsea needing to replace Didier Drogba, who’s announced his decision to leave this Summer, whilst United need to replace Radamel Falcao, who’s loan expired.

The Red Devils chose not to make the loan a permanent deal and sent the Colombian back to AS Monaco, but he is reportedly in transfer talks with Chelsea.

As for Liverpool, they will be making the biggest changes as they expect to sell three of their current strikers.

Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert are all expected to leave Anfield this Summer, with Brendan Rodgers prepared to spend most of the money generated on bringing Benteke to Merseyside.

That would leave the club with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Benteke as striking options.

Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles

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