Liverpool are set to trigger Christian Benteke’s £32.5 million (Dh186m) release clause after changing their valuation of the Aston Villa striker.
Either way, the Liverpool Echo are one of several media outlets who are reporting this afternoon that Benteke looks to be heading to Liverpool, so it appears Brendan Rodgers is closing in on his seventh signing of the summer.
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One man who is staying at Villa is Fabian Delph, who over the weekend turned his back on an £8million move to Manchester City.
Fulham are either trying to make the move too expensive for anyone to steal their star, or they are well aware of Roberts’ considerable skills and demand a correlating fee.
Benteke could have been a Liverpool player a year ago but for the serious injury he suffered before last summer’s World Cup.
But Villa have maintained throughout that the Belgian would only be sold if another club matched the clause inserted in to the four-year deal he signed in 2013, which is something Liverpool were previously reluctant to do.
The Daily Mail today reported that United were interested in the £32.5m rated striker and Benteke favouriting this tweet will certainly help the rumour mill burst into life. “He will score 20-plus goals a season in the Premier League for Liverpool with the service he’ll get from Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho”.
The Sun report that Valencia defender Nicolas Otamend is prepared to go on strike to force a move to United while Robert Lewandowski will cost Louis Van Gaal more than £35m according to his agent, and the Independent. But following the appointment of boss Tim Sherwood he hit top form – scoring a dozen goals in his last 12 matches to save Villa from relegation.
They have won the English title seven times but the last of those triumphs came in 1981. “3” striker is a player manager Brendan Rodgers admires.