Crystal Palace seem hell-bent on signing Liverpool striker Christian Benteke this summer. The Belgium striker, who arrived at Anfield in a £32.5 million move from Aston Villa last summer, failed to reproduce his Villa form for the Reds last season.
Many Liverpool fans were afraid that, like Mario Balotelli, Benteke will also prove to be a bad investment for the club. However, Crystal Palace stepped forward to ease the fears of Liverpool fans and placed a £25 million bid for the Belgian last week.
The Merseysiders, quite brilliantly, decided to play hardball and rejected the bid. According to the Guardian, the Eagles have now returned with an improved offer of £31.5 million for the 25-year-old yesterday.
As expected, Liverpool fans are going crazy upon hearing the latest news.
Liverpool fans at the thought of Crystal Palace giving them £31.5 million for Christian Benteke. pic.twitter.com/ctVjssqaeU
— Back Page Football (@bpfootball) July 4, 2016
31m for Benteke pic.twitter.com/NKbs9iGY5r
— Steven Gerrard (@Gerrard8FanPage) July 4, 2016
£31.5m for Benteke pic.twitter.com/WP9Q6ydnDP
— #ThankYouCaptain (@mshoq1089) July 4, 2016
£31.5 million from Palace for Benteke?? Thanks very much! That pays for Mané who fits the style far better! Now, to offload Balotelli next!!
— Trevor Fisher (@Trevor_Fisher) July 4, 2016
— Ed Donson (@eddonson) July 4, 2016
Imagine not accepting Benteke bid
— TheRoadToMerseyside (@Road2MerseySide) July 4, 2016
Weird quirk of football that it is universally accepted that Palace with Pardew can do better with £30m+ Benteke than #LFC with Klopp.
— Omar C. (@OmarC_77) July 4, 2016
£31.5m for Benteke is fantastic business. Hope he scores goals at Palace but his playing style just isn’t suited to Liverpool’s right now.
— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) July 4, 2016
Bought Sadio Mané for £30M
Selling Christian Benteke for £31.5M
– £1.5M net spend
– Grujic, Matip & Karius in £9.8M pic.twitter.com/UyA6ne98sq
— Crazy Klopp (@TheCrazyKlopp) July 4, 2016
— Ghina (@_cuteinho) July 4, 2016
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) July 4, 2016
£31.5m for Benteke? pic.twitter.com/D4E0qTbEZj
— THE ANFIELD WRAP (@TheAnfieldWrap) July 4, 2016
Benteke to Crystal Palace for 31.5m, surely you can’t be serious… pic.twitter.com/h1l1L9HXTj
— Copa90 (@Copa90) July 4, 2016
Its happening guys. Benteke is really close to signing for Palace. #Bentexit
— Liverpool Daily (@LiverpooIDaily) July 4, 2016