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:
— Gsh771 (@Gsh_LFC) August 18, 2016
Good business for both teams. #LFC recouping almost all the money spent on Benteke. Can't see Klopp not dipping into the market again.
— Doctor Shah (@AniketShah92) August 18, 2016
We're getting £27m from Benteke right now. If FSG were ambitious, they'd use that money to sign a top DM. Will they though? No. #LFC
— FSG OUT (@StrictlyScouser) August 18, 2016
If Benteke's out, we should be able to use that money for a fullback. Hector seems almost impossible, though. #LFC
— aIek (@aIekzinho) August 18, 2016
Benteke going. £32m. £27m + £5m add ons. Great business by #LFC & a big outcast shifted. Good luck to him!
— Emma Sanders (@em_sandy) August 18, 2016
It’s time to seek for a new left back lads after that Benteke deal #LFC
— v ⅈ n c e (@madvxnce) August 18, 2016
Surprised a bigger club hasn't gone in for Benteke. #LFC
— David Hale (@davidhalelfc) August 18, 2016
Benteke to Palace for £27m. 32-27 = £5m for 10 goals last season. Good deal for both parties. Wish the player all the best. #LFC
— Cameron (@CJShaffner) August 18, 2016
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.