Report details hugely optimistic add-on clauses in Crystal Palace bid for Benteke
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool rejected a new bid for Christian Benteke from Crystal Palace because the fee was dependent on Alan Pardew’s side qualifying for the Champions League, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the 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.
It emerged on Tuesday 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 such a top-four campaign. These three conditions formed part of the same clause.
The Telegraph report that further extras were related to Palace retaining their Premier League status during Benteke’s contract, but Liverpool dismissed the bid because the clauses were unrealistic and they want more money up front.
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Sky Sports chief reporter and transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning that Palace had tabled the new Benteke offer, following their initial £25million bid last month.
Liverpool reject another bid from Crystal Palace for Benteke. Initial £23m. Plus £7m add ons. Add ons unrealistic. Liverpool want £32m
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 16, 2016
The Telegraph claimed last week that Palace had reignited their pursuit of the striker and the Belgium international was preparing himself for a move to Selhurst Park.
Benteke is now surplus to requirements at Anfield and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has 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.
Palace are desperate to add some firepower to their struggling attack but face competition for Benteke from Premier League rivals West Brom, while Everton are the new bookmakers’ favourites to land the player.
Sky Sports claim that the Baggies are interested in the 25-year-old but they will have to demolish the £12million club transfer record they spent on Salomon Rondon last summer.
Liverpool’s target man would feel right at home at the Hawthorns, with manager Tony Pulis preferring to use strength in attack. During his time at the Midlands club, Pulis has used the likes of Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe and Salomon Rondon.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a left-back has claimed on Twitter that he has signed for the club.