Chelsea Transfer Rumour: Real Madrid Striker Karim Benzema Has Emerged As A Surprise January Target

According to The Spanish Paper 'AS', Chelsea are targetting Real Madrid marksman Karim Benzema as a potential option to their striker shortage problem. 

The 24-year-old French International has been marked as the perfect player to fit the bill at the Stamford Bridge club, and is seen as another option if they fail in their attempt to sign number one target Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid's manager Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a move back to Chelsea to answer SOS call's as the reigning European Champions go through one of the worst patches of recent years. Mourinho would attempt to bring some of his Madrid starlets back with him if such a move happened, with Benzema being one of them.

It is thought that Benzema himself would be willing to negotiate a move to The Premier League, which is considered the most exciting league in the world, but any such deal could be a complicated effort with Madrid officials naturally wanting to keep hold of their top striker.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has himself admitted that he is unsure whether his current striker Fernando Torres will be able to re-capture his best form at the age of 28 now, having seemingly lost his pace and finishing touch. An opinion that has also been echoed by former Manchester United defender and current England National Coach Gary Neville, who has agreed that it is not a dip in form Torres is suffering, it is in fact simply a case of losing his ability. 

With those thoughts in mind, Chelsea will be looking to bring in two or three strikers during the January transfer window if they are to re-vive their struggling season.

The Blues could well be out of The Champions League this coming Wednesday if they fail to win their remaining Group match and other results don't go their way, this would purely be a disater for billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, who is eager for instant world domination.