Last summer Turkish club Fenerbahce took Lazar Markovic off our hands on loan, and this one they could go for powerhouse forward Christian Benteke, reports Turkish publication Sporx.
The story claims that Fener also want Benteke on a one year loan deal, having enjoyed the success 22-year-old Markovic has bestowed upon them this term.
For us though, a loan deal would be very poor business for Liverpool. Benteke’s not a young player who’d go abroad and learn his trade, we’d simply be letting someone borrow a £32.5m centre-forward with no reward.
The idea with Markovic was that he needed minutes, and would subsequently return to Melwood a better player, and we’ll see next term if this proves to be the case.
If we’re going to get rid of Benteke, which is looking increasingly likely considering he’s effectively 4th choice striker now, it simply has to be permanently.
Reports in the Metro (among others) suggested the forward, with seven goals to his name this term, turned down a January move to China – and while this understandable from the player’s perspective – it’s that kind of potentially lucrative deal which would suit Liverpool.
Hopefully he’ll either forge himself a career with us by adapting to Jurgen Klopp’s demands or a European club can offer him a lifeline and us a significant lump of cash.