Crystal Palace to counter rebuffed £25m Benteke transfer bid


Crystal Palace have stepped up their pursuit of Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, 25.

The south London club, flush with cash from selling Yannick Bolasie, 27, to Everton and Mile Jedinak, 32, to Aston Villa, had an initial cash-only offer of £25m rejected by the Reds. The Merseysiders want £32m and invited Palace to rethink their bid.

The Eagles did and came back with a counter-offer of £30m.

According to insiders, they were “laughed out of the room” when the details of the bid were found to be £23m plus £7m in bonuses, including £2.5m for Palace reaching the Champions League with similar sums if Benteke scored 20 goals in a season, and played in 70% of their games.

For the £7m to be paid, all three events had to happen in the same season.

It’s been a miserable summer for Benteke. A bit-part player for Belgium at Euro 2016, offers and interest in his services have been minimal, dwindling down to just Crystal Palace.

With Liverpool adamant that the fee of £32m must be met before he can leave, the former Aston Villa striker is facing a season in the wilderness. His hope is that the Reds will determine that any money for the Belgian this summer is better than the hugely reduced sum they will receive in twelve months’ time.


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