Date published: Wednesday 17th June 2020 4:07
Leicester are ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign £25million-rated Brentford winger Said Benrahma, according to a report.
Reports claim the three-time Algeria international is on the Blues’ radar as part of their exciting transfer plans.
Chelsea have already agreed deals with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, but owner Roman Abramovich reportedly wants more.
Talks have reportedly opened between Chelsea and Brentford, with Leicester previously credited with interest.
Now, the Daily Express says the Foxes are leading the way in the hunt to bring Benrahma to the Premier League.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is developing an exciting young team and wants a “goalscoring wide man” in his side.
Benrahma, who has been directly involved in 18 goals this term, is top of Rodgers’ list and he is working to beat Chelsea to his signature.
Jamie Vardy, who is the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 19 goals, spearheads Leicester’s attack.
However, Ayoze Perez, Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho have all shown promise this term.
Benrahma, meanwhile, has been one of the Bees’ driving forces in the push for promotion this season.
His 10 goals and eight assists in the Championship have helped Brentford to fourth spot with nine games left to maintain a play-off spot.
Overall, the three-time Algeria international has directly contributed 46 goals in 79 appearances.
CHELSEA TO RESTART ON SUNDAY
Chelsea resume their Premier League campaign with a trip to struggling Aston Villa on Sunday.
Lampard has been impressive in his first season with the Blues, but they have yet to win away from home in 2020.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is the Blues‘ only injury concern, with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek recovering.
Tammy Abraham has shaken off his ankle injury, while Reece James and N’Golo Kante are also in full training.
However, Jorginho will be absent after picking up a suspension before the break in the season.