Liverpool have rejected another Crystal Palace bid for Christian Benteke. Jateen Bhana explains the reasons behind this.
Liverpool have rejected an offer of £23 million plus a further £7m in add-ons from Crystal Palace for Christian Benteke.
The Belgium international is keen on a move to Selhurst Park so if an agreement can be reached between the clubs then the transfer is set to go through. However, as we reported last week the club is not willing to allow players to leave for under valued amounts or “presents” as Klopp put it.
While the bid from Crystal Palace reaches Liverpool’s valuation, their extras appear unrealistic and unlikely to be met or be triggered. One of the clauses are rumoured to be contingent on Crystal Palace qualifying for the Champions League. James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo summed up the add-ons appropriately by describing them as,
Benteke would have had to win Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix and MasterChef for the £7million worth of add-ons to be triggered.
It is believed that both teams are keen on getting a deal complete and just the structure of the fee needs to be agreed upon.
West Ham, Everton and West Brom are all monitoring the situation closely, all of whom have shown an interest in Benteke this summer.