Chelsea are considering the possibility of trying to find a short-term loan option in attack before the end of the January transfer window, according to The Telegraph.
As a result, Saudi Pro League duo Roberto Firmino and Karim Benzema, of Al-Ahli and Al-Ittihad, respectively, have emerged as targets for the Blues.
Chelsea have Napoli hitman Victor Osimhen and his Brentford counterpart Ivan Toney on their radar, but they need to wait until the summer to have a realistic chance of landing either duo.
They are now looking at temporary options instead, and Benzema and Firmino could be available.
The Saudi Pro League is currently on a winter break but will resume on February 7, and it appears the striking duo are keen on returning to Europe having been linked with other clubs so far.
Firmino brings much-needed experience and quality to the table having spent eight seasons in the English top-flight with Liverpool, scoring 82 league goals and weighing in with 55 assists.
Chelsea could do with the 32-year-old within their ranks as he can play anywhere across the frontline.
2022 Ballon d’Or winner Benzema is also a solid short-term solution for their struggles in attack given his creativity, technical skills, vision and versatility.
The Frenchman notched 354 goals and 165 assists while at Real Madrid, but life in Saudi has not gone well for him and Firmino, and a short stint back in Europe could appeal to the duo, with Chelsea willing to do a deal until the end of 2023-24.
The Blues need to bolster their attack this month if they want to qualify for any of the European competitions next season, and manager Mauricio Pochettino could do with an experienced and proven hitman during the second half of the season.
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