Crystal Palace swoop for Benteke hits snag after £31.5m bid tabled - report
By Tom Blackburn
Crystal Palace’s £31.5million swoop for Christian Benteke has hit a snag over the player’s personal terms, according to a report.
The Premier League club upped their offer for the Liverpool striker from the £25million bid of last week to an intial £27million plus £4.5million of performance-related add-ons.
The Guardian claim personal terms are not expected to prove problematic after Football Insider reported Benteke has already agreed a basic salary with the south London club.
However, it is said one stumbling block is the player’s image rights, with negotiations continuing in an attempt to resolve the issue.
The 25-year-old forward, who has spent his summer on international duty at Euro 2016, joined the Merseysiders for £32.5million last summer from Aston Villa and Liverpool have made it clear they want to recoup their outlay.
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Jurgen Klopp has made it clear he does not see the targetman in his future plans, which has resulted in his representatives talking to Palace officials over the last week.
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 games in all competitions for the club.
Benteke 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, he too could be on his way out of the club this summer.
In other Liverpool news, a France Euro 2016 star and Liverpool target has jetted in to England.