Chelsea are weighing up a move for Christian Benteke, with Diego Costa expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window.

Costa was involved in a training ground bust-up with Antonio Conte last week and was left out of the Blues squad which defeated Leicester 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

It’s understood the row was over an eye-watering offer Costa had received from Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian but the Spanish forward was spotted back in training at Cobham in midweek.

Christian Benteke - Liverpool
Benteke at Liverpool

However, with the 28-year-old striker is still expected to leave Chelsea in the summer, the board are eyeing potential replacements and a surprise name is being considered.

The Guardian suggest Crystal Palace star Benteke, 26, is on Chelsea’s shortlist in case Costa moves on at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

  • During his days at Liverpool, Benteke scored 10 goals only in 42 appearances