Chelsea Explores Loan Moves for Benzema and Firmino Amid Striking Woes
As Chelsea grapples with goal-scoring challenges in the current season, they are reportedly considering loan moves for Karim Benzema and former Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino. The Blues have faced difficulties finding the net, and a recent hip injury to Christopher Nkunku has prompted the club to explore attacking options.
While Napoli’s Victor Osimhen remains a top target for a new striker signing in 2024, financial considerations may make the Nigerian international too expensive this month. As a result, Chelsea is exploring alternative options, and recent reports suggest that both Benzema and Firmino could be potential targets.
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea is looking to Saudi Arabia, where both Benzema and Firmino have been rumored to be contemplating a return to Europe. Reports from Marca indicate that Benzema, who joined Al Ittihad this summer, has not returned to training after being granted time off. Manager Marcelo Gallardo has subsequently excluded him from the first-team squad. Benzema, who scored 12 goals in 20 appearances for Al Ittihad, is facing an uncertain future with the Saudi side.
Firmino, the former Liverpool striker, is also said to be considering a return to European football. Chelsea’s interest in these loan moves reflects their urgency to address scoring issues and enhance their attacking options during the current campaign.