Report: Liverpool set to agree mega-money transfer after terms settled, just £5m will seal the deal
By Alex Taylor
Liverpool have rejected a £25million bid for Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace, according to reports.
The Liverpool Echo claim that the south London club made a formal offer on Friday for the 25-year-old but Jurgen Klopp’s side are holding out for a £30million fee for the former Aston Villa striker.
The Belgium forward, who is currently on international duty at Euro 2016, joined the Merseysiders for £32.5million last summer and Liverpool want to recoup most of their outlay.
It is said that Klopp does not see the targetman in his future plans, which has resulted in his representatives talking to Palace officials this week.
As reported by Football Insider, Benteke has already agreed verbal terms with the south London club.
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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.
The Reds are expected to accept a bid in the region of £30million but it remains unclear if the Eagles will be willing to match that valuation to secure the former Genk stars services.
In other Liverpool news, Lucas Moura says he knows nothing about a potential move to Anfield from Paris Saint-Germain