Christian Benteke was in unbelievable form last season and his goals alone enabled Aston Villa to maintain their Premier League status.
After handing in a transfer request at Villa Park, the young Belgian now looks set for a move away this summer.
Here, we look at the potential destinations for the young star:
Chelsea have reportedly been in the market for a new striker. Benteke would offer Jose Mourinho a striker with similar characteristics to Didier Drogba, a style of player Mourinho built his team around in his first spell in charge of the club.
Benteke would give Chelsea a player who can hold up the ball and be able to link up play, with the attacking talent of Mata and Hazard playing just behind the Belgian.
He is calm and composed when in front of goal and if he can create a relationship with the likes of Hazard and Mata, then he will surely improve on the amount of goals he scored last season. The only issue being Mourinho would play Benteke or Torres as he prefers to play with a lone striker.
With it being World Cup year, neither of these players would want to play second fiddle and therefore, unless Benteke is offered reassurance of a first-team place, he should think twice before moving to Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham are in need of a player who can help them break into the top for this coming season, in the hope of persuading Gareth Bale to remain with the club for the next few years.
Last year both Adebayor and Defoe had disappointing seasons, with them scoring five and 11 goals in the league. When you compare these figures to Benteke, who struck 19 Premier League goals, it would make perfect sense for Tottenham to make a bid for this player.
Tottenham could be in a strong position in terms of catching Benteke’s attention as by already having another Belgian on their books, in the shape of Moussa Dembélé, could be a pivotal factor in trying to convince his international team mate to join him at White Hart Lane.
If Benteke and the likes of Gareth Bale could strike up a partnership, they would be a handful for any defence in the league and he could be the missing link in their bid for Champions League football.
Arsene Wenger has widely been reported to have been handed a large transfer budget to spend in the summer transfer window in the hope of pushing Arsenal into title challengers, once again. Whether or not Benteke is the type of player that the Gunners need would be up to Wenger, it could be that Benteke is a new option to consider.
We have seen that the player possesses the technical ability required by most of Wenger’s signings, as seen with his back heal and overall performance against Liverpool at Anfield last season. In addition to this, Benteke is an accomplished goal scorer and goals are at time Arsenal’s problems - although Giroud is a good striker he only scored 11 goals last season and is nowhere need the return from a striker in a team competing for the title.
However, I expect Arsenal to sign Gonzalo Higuain in the coming weeks but if the move fails to materialise, then Benteke would be a welcomed addition to the Arsenal squad for sure.
Borussia Dortmund are potentially a dark horse in the potential clubs where Benteke will be plying his trade next season. After losing Gotze to Bayern Munich, they have replaced him with the Armenia international Henrikh Mkhitaryan, which will have taken a large chunk out of their transfer budget for this season.
However, they need to try and find a replacement with the departure of star striker Lewandowski expected and Benteke may be on the radar of Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp. The only issue with the transfer is, similar to the Chelsea situation, Benteke will want to play first-team football each week to try and nail down his spot in the Belgium first team for the World Cup.
The issue here to overcome is the fact Benteke is available now but Dortmund may not need him for another season. A compromise to this situation could be to buy the player now and loan him back out to a club where he will be guaranteed first team football, but I’m unsure whether or not that is an arrangement which the Belgian would be willing to accept.
Overall, Benteke will have several offers for his services but he needs to pick the option best for him in terms of ensuring he is one of the first names on the team sheet for both club and country next season.
For this reason I would express an opinion that out of these four possibilities Tottenham is probably the best option available to him. However, we will have to wait and see what happens in the transfer market but what is for sure whoever buys the Belgian will have bought a very talented footballer.
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