Chelsea prepared to turn to Real Madrid striker Benzema

Chelsea are stepping up interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Chelsea are stepping up interest in Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Blues football chief Michael Emenalo is considering alternatives to Atletico Madrid ace Radamel Falcao for the January market as the Colombian indicates a willingness to remain with Atleti until the end of the season.

AS says Chelsea are now turning to Benzema, who has hit a rich seam of goal scoring form.

The Frenchman has insisted he's happy in Madrid, but knows he can quickly lose his first-choice status to Gonzalo Higuain, who is about to see his contract extended.

With Fernando Torres struggling for form and Danny Sturridge pining for a move to Liverpool, Chelsea are determined to boost their firepower in January, even if Falcao delays plans.

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