Liverpool agrees to meet the £32.5m principle price for Christian Benteke
Liverpool is almost completing a deal worth £32.5m for Christian Benteke, a major striker for Aston Villa- http://www.skysports.com/football/transfer-paper-talk (follow the link for more information). This deal takes Liverpool’s spending for this summer to about £80m. Liverpool has already agreed to meet the asking price of Aston Villa for the striker.
This Belgian striker released a clause in the £32.5m contract. Although at first Liverpool tried to negotiate this transfer for the fee to be lower, the club’s management seems to have rethought the strategy after Raheem Sterling was sold to Manchester City and agreed to the deal at the full amount.
Earlier this week, Manchester City bought Sterling for £49m. However, a sell-on deal with Queens Park Rangers, his former football club, worth approximately £10m implied that Liverpool got a considerably less amount. Although the club may have had its interest elsewhere, there are stories that link this striker to Manchester United.
Brendan Rodgers is in need of a good striker. Daniel Sturridge is yet to recover from surgery. As such, Benteke comes in as a nice fit for him. Due to his injury, Sturridge made 18 appearances only for Liverpool in the last season. He is currently off till September due to his hip problem. However, Rodgers might initially try to sell a signing to supporters if the club changes its decision over the value which makes the club feel like it has overpaid for him- http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jul/16/liverpool-christian-benteke-aston-villa-release-clause (follow the link for more information).
Benteke is now 24 years old. He scored 12 goals during the 2014-2015’s season after playing 12 games. His role as a striker enabled Aston Vila to remain in the English Premier League. Some people say that the Reds were able to meet the price for the player after selling Raheem Sterling. In his contract with Aston Villa, Benteke had two years to go.
Currently, Ian Ayre, the chief executive of the club is on a pre-season tour to Brisbane with his squad. However, he will participate in the negotiations. Rodgers had said earlier that he club could attract leading players despite the departure of Sterling to England. He called Liverpool an “iconic club” that players will always want to play for.
The challenge that Liverpool is facing is to get back to the category of top teams so that it can continue attracting top players. Benteke left Genk in 2012 and moved to Aston Villa for £7m- http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/33557059 (follow the link for more information).
Liverpool has never replaced Luis Suarez satisfactorily in regards to the goals that he scored. With Sterling no longer in the club and Sturridge managing only 18 games in the previous season, Rodgers was not ready to afford more delay despite signing forwards Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino during this transfer window.
Benteke is in the category of strikers that Liverpool has lost. Despite being overpriced, Rodgers believes that he will enhance the club’s performance this season. According to Ian Ayre, there are hopes that the negotiations for Benteke will be handled from southern hemisphere.