Like Benzema, who left Real Madrid last summer, he is also thought to be leaving Al-Ittihad. This week, it was said that he didn’t show up to a talk before the club’s pre-season training camp. As a result, he won’t be going on the tour at all.
Both players might want to move on to other teams, so Chelsea could make a move for either one in the next few weeks. The Telegraph story does say, though, that Armando Broja would probably be leaving, either permanently or on loan, if either player or any other striker came in this winter.
Chelsea’s forwards have had a tough time scoring.
Christopher Nkunku’s injuries are making things worse.
The Blues have been playing pretty well lately. With their win over foes Fulham last weekend, they have now won three straight Premier League games for the first time since October 2022. But all of those wins were by a single goal, which shows that they need more attacking punch.
Cole Palmer, an attacking midfielder, has scored nine goals this season, making him the club’s top scorer. Nicolas Jackson has scored seven goals, but at this point in his career, it’s not clear that he can regularly score when the chance comes up. Broja and Christopher Nkunku, the other two central attacking choices for the club, have scored just three goals between them. Nkunku has been having trouble getting fit since he arrived at Stamford Bridge.
Both Benzema and Firmino may be past their best, but they have scored 603 goals and won a lot of trophies during their careers. They could give West London much-needed knowledge and firepower for the second half of the season. It’s still not clear how badly Mauricio Pochettino wants new players to come in, though. In his last press conference before going to Spain for three days off, the Chelsea manager said:
“I will have to be available 24 hours a day in case the sporting director or owners need to get in touch with me about anything.” I know that in sports, anything can happen.
“If the phone didn’t ring, I’d rather not answer it,” It’s better for me if it doesn’t ring.”