Transfer Update Given With Chelsea FC Keen On World Class Deal

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French football expert Jonathan Johnson has given the likes of Chelsea an update on the future of Karim Benzema

Some big names have been linked with a move to CHELSEA FC – but so has the name of Karim Benzema – who decided to ditch European football just six months ago and make the move to Saudi Arabian football for the money.

But according to L’Equipe, the striker is expected to stay in Saudi Arabia despite the recent rumours., and the report adds that those around the 36-year-old say he feels good and will remain with Al-Ittihad

However – to L’Equipe now say that Benzema has sought permission to leave Al-Ittihad, so that he can reignite his career elsewhere.

His £85.9million-a-year wages could pose a problem for all the big clubs – but French expert Johnson has opened up on all the speculation regarding the former Ballon D’Or winner.

“I think the chances are greater now, certainly than they were a couple of weeks ago, but there’s another candidate for his signature as well in Lyon, the Ligue 1 club where Karim Benzema started his career

“I think they always dreamed of a potential return, but never really thought there might be an opportunity to do so. That opportunity is very much real for them now and it’s something they are trying their best to explore.


“The situation with Benzema has really accelerated over the past 48 hours or so and he’s now looking at potential short-term solutions, with his relationship with his Saudi employers at Al Ittihad deteriorating. It’s presented this interesting opportunity for a number of European clubs.

“There are huge financial difficulties to overcome in potentially signing a player of Benzema’s calibre and also of his salary, given the wages he’s on since his move.

“It’s an opportunity a number of Premier League clubs have looked into, but one that Lyon feel they can be in the driving seat for, given Benzema’s strong emotional ties to the club and the fact they are in a desperate situation at the moment, trying to improve their position in the French top flight, which is something Benzema might like, in terms of a challenge between now and the end of the season.”