Jose Mourinho is targeting a move for the the Villans' 19-goal hero of last term, but is the Belgium international the right player to spearhead the club's attack next season?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in a bid to bolster his attack ahead of the new campaign.
Last season's Europa League winners have decided to focus their attentions elsewhere after appearing to have lost out to Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Edinson Cavani, while Robert Lewandowski looks set to join Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund next summer, if Jurgen Klopp is to be believed.
Benteke, who is attracted by the prospect of Champions League football, scored 19 goals in his debut Premier League season for Aston Villa and was the catalyst for Paul Lambert's side in their successful battle against relegation.
The 22-year-old would be competing for a first-team place at Stamford Bridge alongside fellow Belgium international Romelu Lukaku, who excelled during a season-long loan at West Brom where he struck 17 goals in the Premier League.
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