Liverpool’s hopes of signing Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke have received a boost after two of the other interested parties pulled out of the race to sign the Belgian.
According to the Metro, both Tottenham and Manchester United have both been keen on the striker. However, Mauricio Pochettino has been put off by the £32.5m price tag (via Metro), while the Red Devils are pursuing several high-profile targets, including Edinson Cavani (via Metro), and Robert Lewandowski (via Telegraph).
That could leave the path clear for the Reds to swoop in and complete a deal for the 24-year-old. The Metro report that the sale of Raheem Sterling has left Brendan Rodgers with plenty of resources to go after Benteke.
However, the alarm bells should be ringing that the two sides that finished directly above them in the Premier League last season have pulled out of the race without even making a bid for the forward. Both teams are in desperate need of adding more depth up front, and yet they have rejected the opportunity to make an offer for a player that is already accustomed to the English game.
His injury record, as well as the fee required, means that the amount of goals he has scored for the Villains has been somewhat put into perspective. If Rodgers was to make Benteke his latest signing, it would certainly be a gamble, and one that his rivals are not prepared to make.
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