Christian Benteke is closing in on a move to Liverpool. According to reports in the Echo, the Reds have agreed to meet the Aston Villa striker’s £32.5m buyout clause and the 24-year-old will become our second most expensive signing of all time.
Benteke will need to plunder goals aplenty to make the huge fee Liverpool have agreed to pay worthwhile, and you can get a bet365 bonus code 2015 and bet on the Premier League top scorers here if you think he’s got it in him.
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As the Echo state, Liverpool have been chasing Benteke all summer long and have previously been hesitant about meeting Villa’s asking price. However, following the financial boost from Raheem Sterling’s sale to Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers and co have decided to act sooner rather than later.
The Belgian international has scored 49 goals in 100 games for Villa, including 15 in all competitions last season, helping the Midlands club avoid relegation and reach the FA Cup final.
Liverpool fans have been debating a potential deal for Benteke for weeks now and the reaction has certainly been split on social media following this breaking news.
Here’s how what the supporters had to say…
If we sign Benteke, I’ll be backing him all the way. But most twitter fans will hope for him to fail so they can boost their internet ego
— Stephen Taylor (@ste_lfc5times) July 16, 2015
IMO Liverpool and Benteke are not a match. His game isn’t built on through balls from a Coutinho type. Utd however, Dump Fellaini and bingo. — Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) July 16, 2015
And those moaning about it, had Benteke signed for Man Utd you would’ve moaned about that too. Time to stop moaning & back the team. #LFC
— Dan Roach (@DJDanRoach) July 16, 2015
I’m really unsure on Benteke. He’s a russian roulette player for us in my opinion. Either gonna do really well or flop completely.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) July 16, 2015
Knew we’d pay the money for Benteke, might as well have just done it weeks ago and at least he’d be with his team mates now — – (@ThoseScouseLads) July 16, 2015
Yeah we’re likely to get Benteke for £32M, for someone who scores 1 in 2 games i’ll take it.. maybe a bit over priced though ;)
— Matt Craig (@MattHDGamer) July 16, 2015
LFC for Benteke > for Lacazette. Can’t forget Benteke is a powerhouse and he’ll be with his belgian bun buddy Origi. Good move!
— A.J #PatsNation (@AJCeezus_12) July 16, 2015
I wish some people can shut the F*** up and get behind benteke.we are getting him so let’s get behind the the team and stop with the bitchin — Ashley Reddy (@AshleyReddy3) July 16, 2015
I reckon Benteke is a cracking signing. Can make a mess of anyway but also has his bad days like other players. #LFC
— Andy Graham (@andygraham58) July 16, 2015
We’ve mugged city of 49 mill only to waste 32.5 on benteke Hahahahahaha another andy carroll crisis — roberto (@ShaheedMufasa) July 16, 2015