Chelsea should make a move this summer to replace Loic Remy with coveted Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. This is, at least, the opinion of former Arsenal man Paul Merson.
Benteke is likely to be on the wishlists of many clubs during this imminent transfer period and now could be the time that Villa do indeed decide to cash in on one of their most prized assets.
A number of prominent clubs have been linked with the Belgian, who has scored 12 times in his last 12 outings for Villa, with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool reported to be among them.
However, Merson believes that it is Chelsea who ought to pursue Benteke and, in doing so, ship out Remy who, he claims, is not the quality forward Jose Mourinho requires to support the injury-prone Diego Costa.
“Benteke ticks all the boxes,” Merson told the Daily Star.
"That is the one position they definitely need, especially with Drogba going.
“I don’t think Remy is that good. If you played Remy for 10 games I don’t think they would win the league."
“I think the way Benteke plays he could come in for Costa like-for-like. Does he not go there because he won’t play?
"Well, there’s going to be a lot of football matches next season for Chelsea there are going to be four trophies - you have got the Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and the Champions League.”
Were Chelsea to heed the advice of Merson - unlikely though it may seem - this could perhaps impact Arsenal given that they had hoped to sign Remy from Queens Park Rangers ahead of the champions last summer.
Harry Redknapp has conceded that he thought Remy was on his way to the Emirates Stadium before a last minute intervention from Mourinho, although goals were not exactly an issue for Arsenal without the Frenchman among their number.
However, were he to become available again, would Arsene Wenger consider a renewed approach? We shall have to wait and see.
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