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Conte keen on adding to his striker options at Chelsea — report

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According to The TimesChelsea remain keen on Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. And also remain keen on Juventus striker Álvaro Morata.  And also remain keen on former Chelsea hopeful Romelu Lukaku.  And probably several other strikers.  It's all part of manager Antonio Conte's supposed plans to try to implement his two-striker, two-winger style next season at Chelsea.

Chelsea have been built to use a single striker system ever since the first days of Jose Mourinho, so even if Diego Costa stays, which he should, and even if the likes of Traoré or Abraham factor in, Conte's plans would understandably need an extra infusion of proven talent.  Whether Benteke qualifies as that proven talent, I'm not too sure, but it would probably make Eden Hazard quite happy to have his Belgian national team BFF at the club, too.

Christian Benteke, who's surprisingly young still at just 25 arrived at Liverpool last summer in a £32.5 million move, after scoring 49 goals in 101 matches for Aston Villa. At Anfield, Benteke wasn't anywhere as prolific though, but he still managed 10 goals across all competitions.  Thanks to a few fitness issues and a perceived lack of trust from manager Jürgen Klopp, Benteke started just 20 of the 42 matches that he played, amassing a total of 2,200 minutes.

Given those numbers, perhaps Benteke could produce again as he used to with consistent playing time.  Would he get those minutes at Chelsea?  Only Conte knows.

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