Liverpool to finally trigger Christian Benteke’s £32.5m release clause

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Liverpool look as though they may finally land Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke after all after Tony Barrett of The Times confirmed that they are prepared to meet there player’s £32.5m release clause.

Taking to is personal Twitter account, he announced that the Reds would meet the Belgians massive buyout fee, just 24 hours after it initially emerged that Manchester United could beat the Reds to his signature (via ESPN).

The Times also reports that Liverpool had been interested in the 24-year-old for the past two years, and the only thing that stopped them from making a move for him last summer was the ankle injury that ruled him out of the World Cup.

Having previously resisted meeting Villa’s demands, manager Brendan Rodgers has seemingly had a change of heart to stop him from missing out on what has been billed as a prime summer target.

Following the £49m sale of Raheem Sterling (via the BBC) earlier this week, the Reds now have the necessary funds to complete the deal and will pounce quickly to ensure they beat United to his signature.

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