Wednesday 24 January 2018

Liverpool transfer rumours: Benteke set for Palace while Klopp keen on Belgian midfielder

Christian Benteke is likely to leave Liverpool
Christian Benteke is likely to leave Liverpool

Richard Amofa

According to the Daily Mirror, Christian Benteke is desperate to leave Liverpool and join Crystal Palace, but the two clubs are yet to settle on a transfer fee.

However, a deal could be completed this week.

Benteke is one of eight players Jurgen Klopp is set to axe as part of his summer revamp after his poor form last season saw him score only nine goals in 29 Premier League appearances last season.

Meanwhile, according to Bleacher Report, Liverpool are the lastest club to be linked with Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel, but are currently third in the pecking order, with Chelsea and Napoli reportedly advanced in their pursuits of the player.

Romelu Lukaku, right, struck twice in succession either side of Axel Witsel's, left, 61st-minute header
Romelu Lukaku, right, struck twice in succession either side of Axel Witsel's, left, 61st-minute header

In other news, the Anfield club are in talks to bring Benfica forward Anderson Talisca to Anfield. Portuguese newspaper O Jogo suggests a deal could be close for the 22-year-old who has scored 20 goals in 76 games for Benfica, and that the FA received an application for a work permit for the Brazilian.

However, interest in Poland international Piotr Zielinski appears to have cooled off on the other hand. The Liverpool Echo reports that Udinese have told the winger that the club no longer require his services and have 'urged' him to join Napoli.

It’s believed Napoli made a bid for the Pole that was accepted in principle but the 22-year-old is still holding out for a move to Anfield. Zielinski has set his heart on the Merseyside and even posed wearing a Liverpool replica shirt with his name on the back.

Udinese sporting director Norea Bonato said:  “There has been an agreement for Zielinski with Napoli for some time, but the guy took his time, as he had to play at the Euros.

“Perhaps now is the right time to make his decision. Liverpool did not make a real offer, and if the English team does not come out of the closet, the boy eventually will understand the situation and will decide his future based on his offers.”

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