Christian Benteke’s expected move to Crystal Palace might not happen if Tony Pulis and his West Brom side have a say in matters.
The Baggies are expected to rival Alan Pardew’s side for the striker, say the Guardian, who’s been made available by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Benteke didn’t play a single minute of pre-season, but we still want to recoup nearly all of the £32.5m we spent on him last summer. With the likes of John Stones going for nearly £50m, this is not an exaggerated sum in this day and age.
West Brom would previously never have dreamed of spending over £30m on a player, but with the TV money and the likely sale of Saido Berahino – they’ll have the money for our Belgian powerhouse.
It’ll be interesting to see which club Benteke prefers if both offer our asking-price. Palace are the more attractive option on paper; they reached the FA Cup Final last night, have dazzling wingers and the likes of Yohan Cobaye who could supply him and are based in London.
Having said that, Pulis would get the best out of Benteke with his direct style, and if the striker wants to re-establish himself as a leading Premier League striker, the Welsh boss could help him do that.