The latest Chelsea transfer news is that Premier League heavyweights Chelsea, in a surprising turn of events, is actively seeking a solution to their scoring issues by exploring loan possibilities for seasoned strikers Karim Benzema and Roberto Firmino in the January transfer window, as per The Sun.
Despite having invested significantly in the squad since Todd Boehly took over, the Blues find themselves struggling in front of goal this season. With star forward Nicolas Jackson failing to find the net on a regular basis and Christopher Nkunku's recurrent injuries since the start of the season, Chelsea attack has lacked the desired punch.
Cole Palmer is currently the leading scorer for the Blues this season with nine goals in the Premier League.
The pursuit of Napoli forward Victor Osimhen, a long-standing target, seems to have hit a financial roadblock, prompting manager Mauricio Pochettino to consider alternative options. Among these, the names of Karim Benzema and Roberto Firmino have emerged as potential short-term fixes.
Karim Benzema, who joined Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia after leaving Real Madrid, has reportedly been absent from the team's mid-season training camp. His situation raises questions about his immediate future with the club. Despite a decent start in the Saudi Pro League, Benzema's potential return to Europe has sparked Chelsea's interest.
On the other hand, Roberto Firmino, now at Al Ahli, has faced a challenging spell in Saudi Arabia. Struggling to secure a regular spot in the starting lineup, Firmino could be open to a return to the Premier League.
While Chelsea's primary targets include Napoli's Victor Osimhen and Brentford's Ivan Toney, both potentially challenging deals, in terms of the asking price which is set to cost the Stamford Bridge outfit more than £100m, the club seems pragmatic in considering short-term loan options. The unpredictability of the transfer market, coupled with financial constraints and the need for immediate impact, has led Chelsea to explore unconventional avenues.
As the January transfer window unfolds, the Blues' pursuit of either Benzema or Firmino on loan adds an intriguing dimension to the club's efforts to fortify its attacking prowess. The success of these loan moves would play a crucial role in Chelsea's bid for goals and success in the ongoing 2023-24 season.