Crystal Palace are said to have made an improved bid for Christian Benteke that would almost give Liverpool the chance to get our money back on the Belgian.
According to The Guardian, the Eagles failed with an opening offer of £25m last week, and have now returned to put £31.5m on the table for the 25-year-old striker.
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That would be just £1m less than the £32.5m that we paid Aston Villa last summer – fee reported by The Guardian – a minor loss which we can accept if we do want rid.
For us to get even that much for a forward who scored only 10 goals in 42 appearances last season and has barely had a kick for Belgium at Euro 2016 would be good business.
Palace are currently in the midst of a major recruitment drive. They have signed Andros Townsend from Newcastle United and West Ham United’s James Tomkins could follow.
Benteke would be their most ambitious signing yet, and, at the price quoted, one which would smash the £13m club-record buy set with the Townsend purchase – fee reported by the Daily Star.
We should take advantage of this ambition. Most of us agree that we cannot see the target man suiting Jurgen Klopp’s style of play, and we are unlikely to get a better offer.
Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino give us enough forward options to make Benteke dispensable at the right price. This is the right price.