Yesterday, following news that Crystal Palace were interested in Christian Benteke, Liverpool slapped a £30M price tag on the underperforming striker who arrived at the club last summer. Some wondered if it might be too much; if it might scare Palace off.
According to a report in the Guardian today, it hasn’t, with the South London club preparing a formal bid for the Belgian international who made a £32.5M switch from Aston Villa to Anfield in 2015. Whether they will meet Liverpool’s valuation, of course, is another question.
It could be that Palace will have noted Liverpool’s demands but will push ahead anyway with a bid in the £20M range, perhaps hoping that they might work towards a £25M compromise and a fee it had previously been rumoured West Ham might be willing to pay for Benteke.
With the Premier League awash in television money, though, and with that rumoured West Ham interest, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to learn that Palace had matched—or at least come close to—Liverpool’s Benteke valuation in an attempt to get a deal done quickly.
Further, multiple reports suggest whoever meets Liverpool’s valuation—or can talk them down to a lower one—will find a player willing to make the switch, as Benteke has accepted his time at Anfield is at an end and he must move for the sake of his international career.
Along with West Ham and Crystal Palace in England, Juventus in Italy have been linked with a move for Benteke, though he does not appear to be the Italian club’s top choice.