Reds set to recoup £34m fee for Benteke
Liverpool will recoup their £32m outlay on Christian Benteke after finally agreeing a fee with Crystal Palace.
Following a prolonged pursuit of the Belgian, Palace concluded negotiations with the Merseyside club yesterday. They will pay an initial £27m, with another £5m based on clauses.
Liverpool had earlier rejected two bids from the Londoners because they felt certain conditions were unrealistic.
But now Benteke has been given permission to complete the formalities, ending a difficult year on Merseyside which quickly soured after the sacking of Brendan Rodgers last October.
Jurgen Klopp could not find a place for Benteke in his plans, preferring Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino, even on those occasions when Daniel Sturridge was unavailable. With Danny Ings working his way back to fitness, Benteke knew a year in the wilderness beckoned unless he moved on.
Palace's needs are great after an opening-day defeat and the sale of Yannick Bolasie for £28m earlier this week.
Benteke (25) can now try to revive his career at Selhurst Park and will no doubt be seeking to make a point about his overlooked talent.
His days have been numbered since Klopp took over. Signed for £32m from Aston Villa, he was targeted by Rodgers for over 12 months.
After a promising start - scoring the winner on his Anfield debut - he was injured by the time Klopp arrived and never won the German's trust. (© Daily Telegraph, London)