By Amir Mir
Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Christian Benteke – and Aston Villa fans are confident he will prove is calibre at his new club.
BBC Sport claim on their live blog (6.50pm) on Thursday night that the clubs have agreed a fee of £27million plus add-ons that could see it rise to above £30million.
It is said that Benteke is travelling to London to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms, and will become Palace’s all-time record signing by some distance.
Benteke made a £32 million switch to Liverpool from Villa last summer, but after one season, the Belgium forward is being sold by the Merseyside club.
Villa supporters fondly remember Benteke, who scored 49 goals in 101 appearance for the club when then-manager Paul Lambert purchased the 25-year-old for £7 million from Genk.
Many supporters felt the forward made a mistake in moving to Liverpool as it resulted in him spending the second half of last season on the bench and missing out on a starting place at Euro 2016.
Villa suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, and many supporters felt that they would have stayed up with his presence in the squad.
But, supporters were questioning whether Villa will get any fee from Benteke’s big money transfer to Palace.
Here is a selection of the message from Villa fans on Twitter:
— Jon Lloyd (@JSL80) August 18, 2016
— Garin Williams (@GarinWilliams) August 18, 2016
— BlackberryMD (@peteralunlowe) August 18, 2016
Can't help but think if Benteke would've stayed at Villa he would've banged in more goals. Had a good Euro's then got a UCL move. #avfc
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) August 18, 2016
— Jordan (@JustJordanFM) August 18, 2016
— Neil Whelan (@NeilWhelan) August 18, 2016
— Mr M (@Milney18) August 18, 2016
Good luck Christian Benteke at palace! He has given us something that we will look back on in 50 years… Great goals and 32.5 mil! ?#avfc
— The Religion – AVFC (@AVFC_Religion) August 18, 2016
So happy Benteke is going palace rather than tesco's, plus we will get all our money owed on him aswell, pay up bin dippers #avfc
— Matthew Sabin (@MattBrumSabin9) August 18, 2016
In other Aston Villa transfer news, owner Tony Xia hints at the club’s last and most difficult signing.