Aston Villa midfielder Leandro Bacuna has admitted that Chelsea could seal the signature of Christian Benteke.
The Villans moved closer to safety after their star striker underlined his status as the Premier League’s form striker by scoring twice in Saturday’s 3-2 home win over Everton.
Chelsea are monitoring the £30million-rated star and manager Tim Sherwood has already hinted strongly that Villa will sell if someone meets their asking price.
And Bacuna accepts they could struggle to hang on to him.
“I live about one minute from him and go around his place,” said Bacuna on the Sky Sports website.
“We talk about his future a little bit, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.
“It’s going to be hard to hang onto him.
“I don’t know if he is the best striker in the Premier League, but he is definitely one of the best. He was injured [Benteke was out from March to October last year with a torn Achilles], he came back, he needed a few games to get back to his best again, and now he is really doing good.”