Crystal Palace’s prolonged pursuit of Christian Benteke is set to end successfully, as they have agreed to pay Liverpool an initial fee of £27m to sign the Belgium international striker, according to BBC.
After joining Liverpool for £32.5m from Aston Villa in July 2015, Benteke endured a frustrating debut season with Jurgen Klopp’s side, as he struggled to find his best form and scored just 10 goals in 42 appearances.
Nevertheless the 25-year-old, former Genk and Standard Liege striker, is a proven Premier League goal – scorer from his time with Aston Villa, as in 89 top flight games for the now Championship club, Benteke scored 42 goals.
That record, combined with Benteke’s strong all round game, prompted Liverpool to make him the second most expensive player in their history.
However the 26-times capped Belgian internationalist has been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield by Jurgen Klopp, with Palace ready to spend more than double the amount of their current record transfer fee to sign Benteke.
Specifically whilst the club’s most expensive player at present is Andros Townsend, who they bought from Newcastle for £13m in July, in order acquire Benteke the Eagles are set to pay £27m up-front, although that figure may increase to above £30m with add-ons.
It is understood that Benteke is soon due to travel to London to have a medical and discuss personal terms with Palace representatives ahead of his proposed move to Selhurst Park.