Done Deal: Crystal Palace agree terms, £32m Christian Benteke

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Crystal Palace have finally agreed terms with Liverpool for Christian Benteke, 25.

A fee of £27m, potentially rising to £32m with add-ons, was brokered days after Liverpool laughed the Eagles negotiating team out of the room following an offer which relied on Palace reaching the Champions League and Benteke topping 20 goals in the same season.

Sanity prevailed and the Belgian has travelled to London to undergo a medical ahead of signing a five-year deal reportedly worth £120,000 per week.

For Liverpool, the opportunity to recover a large portion of the £32.5m they paid Aston Villa last summer was too good to resist. Manager Jurgen Klopp could not fit Benteke into the system he wanted to play and urged the Belgian’s agents to find him a new home this summer.

Crystal Palace have targeted adding a midfielder and have been linked with a move for Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko, 26, as Alan Pardew looks to bolster his goal-shy attack.

Saturday’s 0 – 1 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion means Palace have won just 2 of their last 22 Premier League games whilst failing to score in 10 of them.

Pardew is hoping Benteke will rediscover the form which saw him score a goal every other game at Aston Villa following his £7m move from Belgian club Genk.

 

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