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Liverpool transfer news: 'Benteke keen on a move to Anfield'

Published 20/05/2015 | 10:11

Christian Benteke is likely to attract suitors this summer
Christian Benteke is likely to attract suitors this summer

Christian Benteke is interested in a move from Aston Villa to Liverpool this summer, according to The Sun.

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The Belgian striker has emerged as one of Brendan Rodgers' main transfer targets, and is ready to leave Villa behind.

Villa value the striker at around £30m, which Liverpool are willing to pay after a dreadful season for the club's strikers.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino could turn down a move to Liverpool this summer however.

The Daily Mail reports that the Baggies are attempting to tie Berahino down to a long-term contract.

Manchester City are poised to make a big-money move for Raheem Sterling this summer, claims The Daily Express.

City are willing to offer Sterling a five-year incentivised contract worth around £50m with bonuses – or £200,000-a-week.

The Sun reports that Liverpool, as well as snapping up Benteke, will do all they can to sign Burnley's Danny Ings and Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie this summer.

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Meanwhile, Real Madrid will offer £14.5m plus defender Fabio Coentrao for David de Gea this summer, according to The Metro.

United are increasingly resigned to losing De Gea, and Real will do all they can to test the club's resolve.

Coentrao has been a target of Louis van Gaal's since last summer and is highly thought of by the United manager.

Chelsea are also reportedly interested in signing the Portuguese left-back.

Van Gaal admitted on Tuesday that he is expecting a busy summer transfer window, having been armed with a kitty of around £150m.

When asked if he anticipated much spending, he replied: "Yes of course. It's always like that. Our selection is out of balance - we have managed to be fourth but we have to manage to be champions.

"We also have to improve our selection. It shall be a rough summer for a lot of players but I think a top club like Manchester United has to do that."

Jonny Evans is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer, with the defender yet to be offered a new contract - reports The Daily Mail.

The Northern Irishman's current deal expires in a year's time, and United are willing to listen to offers at the end of the season.

Everton appears to be Evans' most likely destination at this point.

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