A top-tier striker may opt for a return to their previous club instead of choosing Chelsea, with Real Madrid expressing interest
French football expert Jonathan Johnson’s exclusive column on Caughtoffside always has some juicy info, and this week it has some Chelsea relevant information about Karim Benzema.
The striker is pushing to leave Saudi Pro League club Al Ittihad, and Chelsea are being touted as one of his potential destinations in Europe. It adds up – we need a striker on a short term deal, and he may be available.
Johnson has his doubts however. While it makes sense for Chelsea, does it make sense for Benzema?
“Despite links with the Premier League, I think there’s the growing possibility that Benzema might consider a short-term move back to his former club Lyon, to help them out of their current predicament as they fight for survival in Ligue 1,” Johnson wrote in his exclusive column.
“If he’s not happy at Al Ittihad then, as we saw with Henderson, there might be a way for him to get out of his agreement there. It’s probably quite worrying for Saudi Arabia that so many of these star names are already considering returning to Europe after just a few months on board with this new project.
“I’m not sure Benzema, at his age, will still be at the same level we saw from him at Real Madrid. Injuries were catching up with him there as well and that hasn’t changed, but of course he’s still of the quality that I could imagine big names like Chelsea being willing to give him a chance.
“He’ll have to choose his next move wisely, and that’s why I think a return to Lyon might be one to watch – he could be a real talismanic figure there … It wouldn’t surprise me to see him return to Europe in the next few weeks.”
He’s the expert, but we’d have to disagree on his idea that Lyon might be the former club Benzema goes back to. Surely Real Madrid, who weren’t able to properly replace him after he left last summer, would be better placed? He could go back for another 6 months, potentially collect another La Liga trophy and perhaps another Champions League?
It seems far more sensible than going to frugal and struggling Lyon.