Jose joins £20m Ben­teke fight

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JONNY FORD­HAM

CHELSEA are set to fight Tot­ten­ham for Chris­tian Ben­teke as they be­gin to lose pa­tience with Napoli’s de­mands for Edin­son Ca­vani. As­ton Villa star striker Ben­teke has told man­ager Paul Lam­bert he wants to leave the club af­ter sav­ing them from rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son.

The 22-year-old could be avail­able for around £20mil­lion, which is £30m less than what Napoli want for Ca­vani.

Ben­teke smashed in 19 goals last sea­son for Villa and the Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional would be a per­fect fit for Jose Mour­inho’s new-look Chelsea.

The Blues boss is look­ing to build a young side to chal­lenge for tro­phies for years to come.

And with Paris Saint-Ger­main ahead of Chelsea in the race to land Uruguay ace Ca­vani, Ben­teke’s trans­fer re­quest could have come at the per­fect time for the Stam­ford Bridge out­fit.

Liver­pool boss Bren­dan Rodgers is also in­ter­ested in Ben­teke.

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