By Alex Taylor
Liverpool have put Christian Benteke’s summer move to Crystal Palace in jeopardy after refusing to budge on their asking price, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Anfield chiefs are determined to recoup the entire £32.5million they spent on the 25-year-old last summer, if they are to allow the forward to leave Merseyside.
Football Insider reported that the Eagles made an improved offer for the Liverpool striker last week of an initial £27million plus £4.5million of performance-related add-ons, just £1million short of the Reds asking price.
The new offer is yet to be agreed by Jurgen Klopp’s side amid reports that the Belgium international’s image rights are the latest stumbling block preventing the deal from going through.
Benteke scored 42 goals in 89 appearances during his time at Villa, but that form dipped after his big-money move to Anfield, which saw him net on nine occasions in 29 league games for the club.
The former Genk star is just one in a long list of failed forwards at Anfield since the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014 and despite having four years left to run on his current deal, could be on his way out of the club this summer.