The Telegraph have this week reported that Liverpool will bid £25m for the Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, with the Birmingham club holding out for the player’s release clause of £32.5m.
It’s a difference of just £7.5m, so should Liverpool bite the bullet and pay the fee? It seems a little inflated but Benteke has a goal-every-other-game strike ratio over his three years in England while playing for a struggling team and at 24 is still young enough to improve.
Liverpool struggled last season after selling Luis Suarez and suffering constant injuries to Daniel Sturridge. There are no guarantees that Sturridge’s fitness will improve next season, so Liverpool really need an alternative, despite signing Danny Ings.
Perhaps it’s the memory of paying £35m for Andy Carroll that is holding them back. Benteke has more Premier League experience than Carroll did when Liverpool signed him and has proved that he’s not a flash in the pan. Nor is he as one-dimensional as the West Ham striker.
So should Liverpool break the bank to land Benteke? Watch the man in action and let us know.