Journalist Dean Jones has provided insights suggesting that Chelsea is more inclined towards making a significant signing this month, particularly expressing a deeper interest than Arsenal in securing Karim Benzema. Speaking on the Ranks FC podcast, Jones asserted that Chelsea is further along the path of considering a potential signing of the French striker during the January transfer window.
Benzema, currently playing in Saudi Arabia, has emerged as a target for Chelsea, potentially serving as a short-term solution to reinforce their striking options for the remainder of the season. While Victor Osimhen remains Chelsea’s primary target for the striker position, the recent extension of his contract has complicated any potential move in this transfer window.
Jones highlighted the disparity in interest between Chelsea and Arsenal regarding Benzema. He shared insights from his conversation with someone at Arsenal, indicating that the club’s inquiries about the player’s wages suggested a lack of substantial progress in pursuing the transfer. In contrast, Chelsea’s reported interest in Benzema is more advanced, with the club exploring the possibility of a deal.
The journalist revealed that Benzema is open to lowering his wages for a specific club, and surprisingly, that club is not Chelsea. However, Chelsea’s genuine interest in the player and their willingness to explore a deal set them apart from Arsenal in the race for Benzema. Jones also mentioned that the player would be willing to accept reduced wages to play for Lyon, signaling a potential avenue for a cut-price deal.
Given Benzema’s reputation and his performances at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, the prospect of seeing him don the Chelsea jersey has generated excitement among the fan base. While the situation is dynamic and contingent on various factors, the notion of adding a player of Benzema’s caliber to the squad for a short period has garnered considerable interest and speculation among Chelsea supporters.