Chelsea have reportedly made an official approach for Brentford’s Said Benrahma and consider the winger a priority target this summer.
The 24-year-old has been one of the best attackers in the Championship this season.
Along with Bryan Mbeumo and Ollie Watkins, Benrahma played a major part in Brentford’s joint-best attacking record in the league; the trio scoring a combined 64 goals from the 37 games they have played so far.
It is not surprising the Algeria international would be on the radar of several top clubs.
According to a report from La Gazette du Fennec, Chelsea have ‘officially contacted’ the Championship side over a potential move for the winger, having made him one of their priority targets.
The report claims that Brentford would demand €40million (£35.6m) for their star, although they are somewhat lenient with their asking price due to the current financial situation.
That price tag has seen a significant increase as the report mentioned Brentford rejected Aston Villa’s €16m offer last summer and asked for €27m (£24m) instead.
Benrahma has just two years left on his contract and it remains unclear whether Chelsea will meet the Bees’ demands.
Having said that, if Chelsea could somehow negotiate the price down and land the winger, he could be a great addition for Frank Lampard.
Benrahma’s impressive statistics this season
Benrahma has mostly played on the left flank and managed 10 goals and seven assists so far this season.
But it is not just his end product that makes him an attractive target.
He is really confident taking on defenders, attempting the most dribbles in the Championship this season (190 dribbles attempts) and completing the second-most dribbles (105).
The former Nice player is also ranked second in most attempted shots (127) and joint-sixth in most key passes (76).
Overall, he has averaged 3.7 shots, 2.2 key passes and 3.1 dribbles per game this season, and it illustrates how busy he has been for Brentford this season.