The Daily Star reports that Lazio are ready to battle Premier League trio Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the race tos ign the Belgian international.
Benteke signed a new four-year contract with Villa in the summer, but has recently been strongly linked with a move away from the club.
Chelsea failed with a £20million bid to land Benteke in the summer as Villa are looking for a larger fee for the former Genk frontman.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.