After losing out on signing Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea has turned their attention towards a very surprising alternative.
The Blues have reportedly looked at sign Crystal Palace frontman Christian Benteke.
The big Belgian is currently enjoying a revival at Palace after flopping in Liverpool in his two years on Merseyside.
Antonio Conte loves to have a big striker in his team, that explains why he is also keen on signing Swansea’s Fernando Llorente.
The Blues are planning for life without Diego Costa after Conte informed him that he was not part of his first-team plans for this season. They are also still looking for a capable replacement for the Brazil-born Spain international, with Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Torino’s Andrea Belotti firmly in contention.
Benteke netted 17 times in all competitions for Palace last season and remains one of the Premier Leagues deadliest strikers. However, it is unclear if he would be afforded the status of a first team regular at Stamford Bridge.
Sources close to Conte claim that the Italian wants to sign him only as a backup option, with a bigger name signing expected to fill the gap left by Costa.