Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard and More

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMay 3, 2014

Will Karim Benzema end up at Stamford Bridge?
Will Karim Benzema end up at Stamford Bridge?Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

Discussions on Chelsea's summer transfer acquisitions might well be taking priority in the Blues boardroom at this juncture after Jose Mourinho's side were dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.

The result, which looks like handing Mourinho a trophyless campaign, should be the catalyst for an overhaul of the team in certain areas.

Samuel Eto'o isn't getting any younger, and Fernando Torres continues to disappoint in the striking role, therefore you could infer that issues with the forward line need to be addressed first.

Let's take a look at the latest news on a few players linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.


Karim Benzema

Is Karim Benzema about to rejoin old boss Mourinho?
Is Karim Benzema about to rejoin old boss Mourinho?Paul White/Associated Press

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema is a £40 million target for Jose Mourinho, according to a report from Paul Doyle of The Guardian.

The two can rekindle their relationship from the Spanish capital, however, there are vast differences for the Frenchman to consider before moving.

Benzema's game, for the most part, is based around service. The wing play of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Angel Di Maria has seen a steady supply of crosses that the powerful Frenchman has feasted upon.

In order for him to profit fully from Chelsea's attacking play, he must be continually fed. Holding up play with his back to goal is a facet to his play, but Benzema is a thoroughbred centre-forward in the truest sense, and if the delivery is right, he will score goals.

According to the player's agent, Jonathan Hope, Benzema favours a move to the Northwest, per talkSPORT:

I've proposed rekindling the interest from Manchester City for Karim. After his fine form in El Clasico I've proposed him as a summer target.

Karim would love to play in the Premier League and Manchester City would be his choice of club, however reuniting with Mourinho at Chelsea would also be of interest.

With City unlikely to sell Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo in much the same mould as Benzema, Stamford Bridge seems a much more likely destination.


Eden Hazard

Eden Hazard had some interesting words to say after Chelsea went out of the Champions League.
Eden Hazard had some interesting words to say after Chelsea went out of the Champions League.Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Eden Hazard could well have played his last game for Chelsea if recent comments are anything to go by.

Following the Blues' exit from the Champions League, the Belgian was quoted as saying, per Jeremy Wilson of The Daily Telegraph:

Chelsea are not made to play football, we are good on the counter-attack, a bit like Real against Bayern Munich.

Often, I'm asked to do it all by myself and it's not easy.

His words clearly irked manager Jose Mourinho who hit back, via Daily Mail:

Eden is the kind of player who is not so mentally ready to look to his left back. 

If you look at Atletico's first goal, you will see where the mistake is. The perfect team at this level can't make this sort if mistake.

Eden is not 100 percent ready to sacrifice himself for the team. I'm not happy about that.

Such a broadside at this stage of the season is unlikely to sit well with Chelsea's most creative player.

With rumours surrounding the interest of Paris Saint-Germain, including John Richardson's report for the Daily Express, Hazard could be seduced by the money on offer and the standard of football available in the French capital.


Diego Costa

Diego Costa is just the sort of player Jose Mourinho loves.
Diego Costa is just the sort of player Jose Mourinho loves.Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press

Chelsea saw at first hand just what a threat Diego Costa presents in the attacking third of the pitch.

His movement, delivery and all-round play caused John Terry and Gary Cahill problems throughout, and it is his performance at Stamford Bridge that has seen the Blues accede to paying his $50 million release clause, per Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Pro Soccer Talk.

Wayne Veysey of notes that Chelsea will triple Costa's wages to an estimated £150,000 a week. For that sort of money, Chelsea are getting a bargain.

For a start, he scores goals. Lots of them.

And Costa represents everything that Mourinho loves in a centre-forward.

Strong, aggressive and dynamic with a tremendous hard-working ethic, the naturalised Spaniard is akin to Didier Drogba—Mourinho's favourite player, per Dan Ripley of the Daily Mail—in many ways.

The player himself doesn't want any transfer talk to distract him from a successful end to the season. He told Sky Sports Italia via Dermot Corrigan of ESPN:

I feel good at Atletico, I am happy in Madrid. We will see what happens. There are offers, but it is too early yet to talk. Now I am just thinking about the end of the season, I want to win the Champions League and La Liga.

His skill set is ideally suited to the Premier League and Costa is sure to become an instant hit with the supporters.

With the spine of Mourinho's teamEto'o, Lampard and Terrynot getting any younger, it would be remiss of the Portuguese not to address all areas.

A nod to the future and a mix of youth with the older and more experienced heads might well see a return to the success for which Mourinho is noted.

Chelsea have one of the best Academy facilities in the country, replete with some of the best young talents, yet rarely do we get to see a promotion from the youth ranks. An echo of his time at Real Madrid perhaps?

Over £100 million spent, per Leo Spall of ESPN, since his return to West London, and without a trophy to show for it, doesn't represent anywhere near the value that the Chelsea board would expect, nay demand.

It's time to deliver, Jose.


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