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Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Christian Benteke Should Wait for Chelsea

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28:  Aston Villa player Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Capital One Cup second round match between Aston Villa and Rotherham at Villa Park on August 28, 2013 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Ben BlackmoreFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2013

Manchester United boss David Moyes is considering an approach for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, according to Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror, but the Belgian would be best advised to hold out for a move to Chelsea.

Moyes was reportedly running his own eye over Benteke during Belgium’s Friday win over Scotland, and Nixon reports there are multiple reasons behind the United manager’s interest:

The Scot knows his attack lacks the option of height and strength and may lose Wayne Rooney’s “muscle” with his contract running out.

Benteke is an option in the next couple of windows and would even be eligible for Europe if United plunge in January.

Certainly it seems Benteke, still only 22, belongs at the top level of European football having scored 23 goals in all competitions last term, but United do not seem the right fit for a player who just has to lead the line.

Robin van Persie is currently the main man at Old Trafford, and if his scoring form this season proves to be as good as his first with United, that status will remain beyond next summer.

Benteke provides a different option, capable of bullying defenders, but he would likely face plenty of time on the bench unless Moyes is bold enough to switch to a 4-4-2.

It is believed the Everton boss prefers the one out-and-out striker, supported by a technically gifted player like Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas or Mesut Ozil, all of whom were linked during the summer window, as reported by Adam Crafton of the Daily Mail.

Benteke’s better option would be to see out another season with Villa, a club he owes after they brought him to the Premier League and granted him a £60,000-a-week deal in July.

In 12 months’ time, Samuel Eto’o’s one-year arrangement with Chelsea will have expired, likely signalling the end of the veteran’s stint at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho loves to operate with a target man like Benteke, just as he did with Didier Drogba during his first spell at Chelsea, and he is a big admirer of the young Belgian as this report from the Express shows.

In Eto’o’s absence, Chelsea would be left with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba—neither of whom Mourinho appears to fancy—plus Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan at Everton.

Benteke would arrive as the main man if he does enough this season to persuade Mourinho to make an approach, and unlike the failed Wayne Rooney bid, it would be difficult for the player’s current club to stand in the way of his career progress.

Arsenal and Tottenham are also credited with an interest in Benteke by the Daily Star's Adrian Kajumba, who has already scored four times this season, but Mourinho’s direct style of play makes Stamford Bridge the right choice.

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