Chelsea has a new man in their mind other than Kai Havertz. Brentford winger Said Benrahma is the latest addition in the wishlist.
Chelsea has been looking for multiple options for their wing. Starting from Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho. The Blues were among the top contenders on chasing the Englishman. But eventually, let go of their interest due to the price tag. Frank Lampard then put his focus on Kai Havertz. Who the fans were also happy to see at Stamford Bridge.
As per the latest reports, Lampard is now eyeing Brentford winger Said Benrahma. The Algerian is having a wonderful period at Brentford. Hence, catching the attention of Frank Lampard. The supporters also show interest in the winger. Though some prefer Havertz over the Algerian. But Benrahma is not to be thought lightly either. The Blues are still uncertain about the future of Willian and Pedro. Hence they are keen on bringing in a winger.
Havertz has a pricetag of £75m, though Bayer Leverkusen were thought to be reluctant in selling their ace. Bayer are not willing to block Havertz’s interest. But already spending £90m on the market for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. Chelsea will have to control their spendings. Hence, Benrahma will be a cheaper alternative to Havertz. Frank Lampard has some more stars on his mind to fill in other positions as well.
Lampard hopes that Benrahma will fit in the gap
The Algerian has been performing top-notch in recent times. The winger has 10 goals and 8 assists to his name this season. He is quick with a response and hence can score from rebounds. The wingman is also key in crafting goals. Benrahma ranks 1st in Brentford’s assist ranking. Hence, he can not only score but also make his teammates score.
With the likely exit of Willian and Pedro at the end of their contract. Frank Lampard is hoping to bring in a permanent replacement. Though he has Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi to be a natural choice. Lampard is hoping for a better addition. Also now he has Ruben Loftus-Cheek to provide sufficient cover along with the wings. So Lampard can add more stability and competition with Said’s addition.
Also, comparing to Kai Havertz, Benrahma has a lower transfer fee. Brentford is pricing him at £31m, which is way lower than the £75m of Havertz. So the Algerian can be a value buy at this rate. Chelsea will have to make a move fast as there is interest from Leicester City, as per Transfermarkt.
Benrahma may face difficulties shifting to Chelsea.
The Algerian has not yet made a PL debut. Though he has a wonderful stat in the Championship. He may face trouble making a shift to a major league. The environment and the opposition change so he will need time to adjust. Mark Taylor a Data analyst does say that there can be a 10% drop in the performance rate. Hence, Chelsea will have to think about this to give the player time to settle.
The fans also approve of the move for the Algerian. But they are still dreaming of signing Kai Havertz. Chelsea has spent lavishly after their two silent transfer windows. But the Blues have put up N’Golo Kante on the market.
Hence, with lots of suitors, Chelsea can cash him to fund other transfers. So they do have an option to seal a deal with both the wingers. But Lampard is also keen on bringing in a stable wing-back. Hence, a proper plan has to be made to secure a stable squad. The defense is still not as strong as Chelsea’s frontline. Hence, they will have to look for some solution for that as well.