7 Sept 2016

Anfield Update: Liverpool came close to £45m megadeal for 'fantastic' striker. Offer made but rejected

Last month, Crystal Palace signed Liverpool outcast Christian Benteke for £27m (potentially £32m with add-ons), and whilst the deal represents good business, it now transpires that the Reds could've made a huge profit on Benteke during the January transfer window.

According to ex-Times journalist Tony Barrett:

"Benteke rejected the opportunity to move to China six months earlier when a Super League club offered £45 million for his services".

Benteke's Liverpool prospects ended up in the toilet after Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield, and there's obviously no way he'd pull the chain on his career by moving to China at the age of 25 (!)

Benteke clearly has ambition (to play for the Belgium national team, for example), and moving to China in the prime of his career would've been tantamount to career suicide.

Benteke was right to hold out for a move to another Premier League club, and I have no doubt that he will be a success at Crystal Palace.

* Aug 2016: Described by Alan Pardew as 'fantastic' and 'iconic'


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