In recent weeks, Turkish giants Besiktas have been linked with both Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli.
While it seems there their interest in the two players has now cooled – it’s not stopped Liverpool fans crying out on Twitter for the Istanbul-based side to find the money and take two of our least-wanted assets off our hands.
The deal for Benteke, in particular, has stalled due to our asking price. We reportedly won’t accept a penny less than the £32.5 million that we paid for the Belgian last summer, and the Turkish side’s president has baulked at the figure.
Here’s what some fans have been saying about the situation on social media:
The Besiktas President is keeping a good eye on Benteke, shame they don’t want Balotelli as well
— Jack (@ClassyCouts) August 8, 2016
Liverpool won’t sell Benteke for less than what they paid for him!!!! Looks like he’s staying put then.. Fuck sake
— Daniel Maguire (@dmaguire23) August 8, 2016
In principle, fully behind JK’s reign ushering in a new era where #LFC sell well. I just don’t think anyone bids more than £25m for Benteke…
— Nik Postinger (@nikpostinger) August 8, 2016
#lfc need to sell Benteke and Balotelli and buy a new first team striker. Sturridge is not reliable with injuries, ings isnt a top striker
— Deji Guerrero (@Deji500) August 8, 2016
Sign Hector. Sell Ballo and Benteke pls @LFC
— jordan (@JordDenniss) August 8, 2016
Feels like the general interest in Balotelli is bigger now then when we’ve tried to sell him before. Can only be a positive indication. #lfc
— Max Generossi (@MaxiGenerossi) August 8, 2016
Sell Benteke, Balotelli and Markovic and then bring in a starting left back and a defensive midfielder to partner Can and I’ll be happy #LFC
— Perry Jenkins (@PerryLFC1997) August 3, 2016