The Christian Benteke saga looks set to roll on for at least a few more days, after the striker’s agent spoke directly about the rumours linking his client with Crystal Palace.
After breaking the club’s transfer record earlier in the summer when signing Andros Townsend from Newcastle, Alan Pardew has kept himself busy, bringing in both James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda too, but having let Dwight Gayle fly the nest to join the Toon Army, it is no secret that we are on the lookout for a potent attacking addition to the squad in the near future.
Depending on what you read, Palace’s interest in the Liverpool striker remains a delicate matter, given the size of the potential transfer fee involved. There is little doubt that the 25-year-old would score goals for us if played regularly, but as things stand, there are a multitude of moving parts attached to the negotiations, causing a rather large element of confusion in the collective minds of supporters at Selhurst Park and Anfield alike.
Unlike years gone by, we are still in the very early stages of the summer transfer window, having completed the vast majority of our incoming business in uncharacteristically rapid fashion, but as we all know, professional football is not an environment in which people are encouraged to rest on their laurels. With that in mind, we would advise you to watch on with interest over the next day or so, given the probable desire from all parties to get things moving one way or another.
A little over 24 hours on from the conclusion of Euro 2016, the above comment from Benteke’s agent appears to be have triggered the full blown resumption of transfer window mystery and intrigue. I can’t say I’ve missed it.