Incoming Blues boss Antonio Conte has drawn up a list of transfer targets and a new striker is his priority.
Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who left the Blues two years ago in a £28m deal, is understood to be Conte’s top target.
Conte is now looking at alternative targets and, according to The Times, is considering a move for Lukaku’s Belgium international teammate Benteke.
The powerful hitman endured a hugely disappointing first season at Liverpool after arriving from Aston Villa in a £32.5million deal.
The 25-year-old is said to have lucrative offers on the table from Chinese Super League clubs but wants to stay in England – and Chelsea may now offer him an escape route from Anfield.