In most high profile transfers there's a willing team and a reluctant one. This is especially so when a so called 'smaller' club is losing its star player to a so called 'bigger' club. In the case of Christian Benteke moving from Aston Villa to Chelsea however it would be a win-win situation for both clubs.
From Chelsea's side the reasons are simple. Mourinho has been vocal that he doesn't feel his current forward options are good enough. So he's in the market for a forward. What type of forward does the 'Special One' want? Well it would help if they were free to play in the Champions League this season. Benteke isn't cup tied.
Mourinho would also like a forward that is able to link up the play and bring Chelsea's deep lying attackers Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard etc into the game more.
Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba all have their strengths as attackers but bringing other players into attacking moves is not one of them.
Standing at 6'3" Benteke is a perfect target man in the mould of Chelsea great Drogba. Plus of course when he's on form Benteke has a eye for goal as demonstrated by his 23 goal haul last season.
Why would Aston Villa be okay with this? For starters Benteke doesn't looked settled at Villa Park. He looked all set to leave in the summer but was seemingly talked back into the fold by Lambert. Since then though his good performances have been sporadic.
Benteke hasn't scored in 10 games. A Benteke that isn't happy and isn't scoring goals isn't worth too much to Villa. Or at least he isn't worth as much as the money he would bring in to reinforce the squad.
Benteke would probably cost Chelsea around the £25-30 million pound mark. Throw in Ba as well and suddenly offloading a misfiring striker who seems to want out makes a lot of sense. Especially remembering that in the January transfer window Villa can use that cash to by as many two maybe three players.
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