BBC: Liverpool reach agreement on £30m-plus deal, player to undergo medical
By Alex Stevens
Crystal Palace have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Belgium striker Christian Benteke, according to a report.
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.
Separate reports by Merseyside-based journalists claimed the add-ons are worth £5million and will take the cost of the transfer to £32million.
#LFC have agreed a £32million fee with Crystal Palace for Christian Benteke. £27m up front with £5m in add-ons.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 18, 2016
It means that Liverpool will recoup virtually all the money they spent on Benteke, who joined the Merseyside giants from Aston Villa for £32.5million last summer.
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The Telegraph claimed on Tuesday that a new offer of £30.5million from Palace matched Liverpool’s valuation of the striker but the clauses inserted in the deal made it completely unacceptable to the Merseysiders.
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 been surplus to requirements at Anfield after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made it clear that his club will sell the striker if their £30million-plus valuation is met, despite having four years remaining on his contract.
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.
He has not featured once for Klopp this summer and was not in the matchday squad for the 4-3 opening weekend Premier League triumph over Arsenal on Sunday.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Everton are interested as Liverpool eye 30-times-capped Holland international.