As reported initially on Monday by Spanish publication AS, Chelsea had a first offer of £8 million rejected by Real Betis for their midfield maestro Benat Etxebarria, who is commonly known as 'Benat'.
On Tuesday it has evolved that Blues owner Roman Abramovich is about to double his offer and pay the £16 million release fee in the Spaniard's contract, that will allow him to move to Stamford Bridge, according to TribalFootball.
Spoken about as being a Frank Lampard replacement, Benat is keen on a move to the Premier League. The 25-year-old has impressed pundits and critics alike in Serie A this season and his aim is to feature for his national side on a more regular basis.
Benat has come through Athletic Bilbao's youth system to then move on to Real Betis B, before breaking in to the Betis first team and becoming a highly thought of key member of the starting line up. Typically Spanish, he is technically gifted but has the grit and physical presence to be a real meance in the central midfield position.
It has been reported today that Chelsea are looking to activate Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini's release clause in the summer, which is said to be around £22 million. If they are to sign Benat, it could be a temporary fix and a squad addition to their current rotation system.
With Chelsea losing Frank Lampard this summer and midfielder Oriol Romeu being out with a long term injury, Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez certainly needs more options in the centre of the park. Having already signed centre forward Demba Ba from Newcastle for around £7.5 million, it looks certain that The Blues will be adding a couple more players to their already strong squad.997824