Chelsea are considering moving for Karim Benzema in the January transfer window.
Now 36, the French international is one of those players who turned their back on European football in the summer, opting for a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia instead, joining Al-Ittihad.
However, he has not shown up for pre-season training ahead of the resumption of the Saudi pro League, and having been excluded from a training camp in Dubai, speculation has arisen that he might leave the club on loan before the end of the month.
Although Benzema’s wages are high, Chelsea are one of the few clubs who could afford to pay them.
The Stamford Bridge club are also being linked with another former Premier League player now among the Saudi ranks in the form of Robert Firmino.
Both are considered short-term fixes whilst Chelsea try and find the long-term solution to their search for a reliable goalscorer.
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