Chelsea set to battle Leicester for Benrahma

Chelsea and Leicester City will go toe-to-toe in the race to sign Brentford winger Said Benrahma.

The Express reports that while the Foxes are favourites, Frank Lampard is also keen.

Chelsea have already boosted their attack by signing Hakim Ziyech and by agreeing a deal for Timo Werner.

However, Willian and Pedro will leave at the end of their contracts this summer, so the Blues will need more depth in the wide areas.

Benrahma would provide competition to the likes of Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is keen to sign a goalscoring winger in order to ease the weight that currently rests on Jamie Vardy’s shoulders.

Harvey Barnes has been excellent on the left flank, but Ayoze Perez has been inconsistent on the right side.

Barnes could move to the right and allow Benrahma to come in on the left to complete an exciting attacking trident.

The second tier’s best player

Benrahma is a sensible target for both clubs.

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He has been one of the Championship’s most exciting players since signing from Nice in 2018.

He is right-footed and predominantly plays off the left-wing.

Benrahma is a tricky winger, similar in style to PSG megastar Neymar.

He is truly a joy to watch, regularly dazzling defenders with his tricks and flicks.

Crucially, he adds end product to his audacious skills.

He has scored 10 goals and got 7 assists in 30 starts this season.

Last season, he scored 10 and got 14 assists in 38 appearances, forming a deadly partnership with Neal Maupay.

Both players are great examples of the Bees’ excellent recruitment strategy.

Benrahma is 24-years-old and is just coming into his peak years.

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Per Who Scored, he is in the top eight in the Championship for key passes, dribbles and shots p/game.

He managed the same feat last season, which shows that he is not merely a flash in the pan.

The likes of James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Emiliano Buendia have recently stepped up from the Championship to the Premier League.

They all play a similar role to Benrahma and have all excelled since stepping up.

This means that the Algerian would also probably manage to adapt quickly and prove to be an able top-tier player.

£25 million may be a big risk on someone unproven at Premier League level, but Said Benrahma looks to be worth the gamble.

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