Friday 20 April 2018

Liverpool reject £30m Crystal Palace bid for Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke is seen as surplus to requirements at Anfield
Christian Benteke is seen as surplus to requirements at Anfield

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool have rejected a fresh bid of £30 million from Crystal Palace for Christian Benteke.

Although the offer matches the Merseyside club’s valuation, such are the terms of the deal it is not acceptable to Liverpool.

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Palace offered an initial £23 million with a further £7 million in add-ons. Those clauses are not considered realistic and Liverpool want much more upfront for the Belgian.

For a deal to go ahead, the £30 million package will have to be reframed by the London club.

Benteke has already made it known he is keen to make the switch to Selhurst Park. An offer of £25 million was rejected earlier this summer but it was long expected Palace would revive negotiations.

Benteke, 25, needs to leave Anfield to revive his career.

His days have been numbered since Jurgen Klopp took over. Signed for £32.5 million from Aston Villa, he was targeted by Brendan Rodgers a year ago to try and reverse the ex-manager’s fortunes.

Once Rodgers left, the shift in tactics by Klopp never suited Benteke and he was a rare starter. On those occasions he was given a chance his was bereft of confidence.

But Liverpool know he is a quality international striker who could excel elsewhere in the Premier League, playing a style of football more suited to his strengths.

Pardew believes he is the man to get him firing again and is desperate for new recruits following an opening day defeat and the £30 million sale of Yannick Bolasie to Everton.

Klopp has made it known that despite Benteke being out of favour, he’d rather keep talent than sell ‘gifts’ to his rivals.

As the transfer deadline draws closer, clubs desperate for reinforcements and players desperate for first team football will grow increasingly anxious.

Despite the rejection of Palace’s latest offer, it would appear the clubs are edging closer to a deal although West Bromwich Albion are also monitoring the situation.

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