By Amir Mir
Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Belgium striker Christian Benteke – and the Anfield supporters believe it is a good deal for both parties.
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.
Liverpool supporters are now hoping manager Jurgen Klopp will use the Benteke transfer money to purchase a new left-back, after Alberto Moreno came under more criticism for his horror performance against Arsenal on Sunday.
Others called for their manager to purchase a top quality defensive midfielder, as the majority agreed the money should be used to purchase more players, but some stated they do not trust the club’s owners to make the money available.
One fan stated that he hopes Mario Balotelli follows Benteke out of the Anfield exit door, as Klopp has made both strikers surplus to requirements on Merseyside.
Here is a selection of Liverpool supporters on Twitter giving their view on the Benteke transfer:
It emerged that Palace offered an initial £23.5million with a further £7million in add-ons.
It is said those additional clauses included £2.5million should Palace qualify for the Champions League, with Benteke scoring 20 goals and playing in 70 per cent of the fixtures of a top-four campaign. These three conditions formed part of the same clause.
Benteke has dropped down the striker pecking order, with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and even playmaker Roberto Firmino all considered ahead of him in the battle for the spearhead role.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Wolves are installed as shock favourites to sign this Merseyside based striker.