4 Aug 2016

Transfer Update: Liverpool want £30m deal for 'powerhouse' £140k-a-week international striker

'Powerhouse' Liverpool striker Christian Benteke continues to be linked with a transfer away this summer, and new reports suggest that the Reds are willing to let the Belgian leave...for the right price.

In recent months, West Ham and Atletico Madrid have been linked with Benteke, and according to the Daily Mail today:

"Liverpool rejected an offer from Crystal Palace for £25m earlier this summer".

The Mail further claims:

"Benteke is prepared to leave [Anfield] to kick-start his stalled career [and] Liverpool are adamant that Benteke will not be sold for anything less than £30m".

It's hardly surprising that Benteke wants to leave. Why should he stay after being marginalised and (arguably) mismanaged by Klopp over the last year?

Klopp doesn't have the faintest clue how to effectively integrate Benteke into the team, so a parting of ways is the best outcome for both sides.

It's clear that Benteke is not in Klopp's plans, and with the reduced fixture schedule (and four other strikers vying for places), it's unlikely that the Belgian will feature much this season.

With any luck, Palace will return with a £30m offer, but with the new season so close, the ship may have sailed on this particular transfer.

In my view, the club should've cut its losses and accepted the £25m offer, and negotiated extra cash via a series of add-ons. Yes, it probably means taking a loss, but if Benteke stays, the club will lose a similar amount paying him £140k-a-week to sit on the bench.


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