Arsenal target Brentford winger Said Benrahma as Chelsea open talks

Said Benrahma is wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea
Said Benrahma is wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea (Getty Images)

Arsenal are interested in Said Benrahma but Chelsea have opened talks to sign the Brentford winger, according to reports.

The 24-year-old has been a key part of Brentford’s push to secure promotion from the Championship to the Premier League with 17 goals and nine assists in 41 appearances this season.

According to RMC Sport, Chelsea are already in negotiations with Benrahma’s representatives to discuss a potential move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The report claims that Chelsea have registered their interest but have not submitted a formal offer.

However, Frank Lampard’s side face competition as both Arsenal and Leicester City are interested in the Algeria international.

Earlier this month, speculation increased over Benrahma’s potential move to Chelsea after his close friend congratulated him on a switch to Stamford Bridge during an Instagram live video.

Said Benrahma has been in sublime form for Brentford this season
Said Benrahma has been in sublime form for Brentford this season (Getty Images)

Chelsea are likely to be targeting for a new winger in the upcoming transfer window as both Willian and Pedro are set to leave Chelsea when their contracts expire at the end of the Premier League season.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have been boosted in their pursuit of Kai Havertz as the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has reportedly agreed to join Stamford Bridge.

However, while Chelsea have indicated that they are willing to pay the 21-year-old’s €100 million (£89.8m) asking price, Leverkusen are looking to delay the transfer until the end of August so that the midfielder can feature in their Europa League campaign.

Leverkusen are due to play Rangers in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-16 tie on August 6, while the final of the competition is scheduled to be played on August 21.

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