The seemingly never-ending saga surrounding Christian Benteke’s much-anticipated move from Liverpool to Crystal Palace continues to rumble on, with the below article revealing the details of the clauses which prompted the Reds to turn down the latest offer for the Belgian striker from Alan Pardew and his board of directors.
Having seen the club’s interest in the 25-year-old frontman drag on for well over a month, fans on both sides of the divide are growing progressively impatient to see the deal pushed towards a conclusion. Indeed, most media outlets believe that Benteke and his representatives have had their terms with Palace agreed for well over three weeks, leaving the only hurdle left to overcome that of a financial agreement with Liverpool.
As things stand, Palace are preparing for this weekend’s trip to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane with only one fit first-team striker on their books in the shape of Connor Wickham; a scenario which has understandably led many to question the transfer strategy being adopted by those behind the scenes at Selhurst Park.
After an initial burst of positive activity at the start of July, supporters have watched on in bafflement as Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak have been sold without any imminent replacements having been lined up. In fact, when you add in the money received from the sales of Dwight Gayle and Alex McCarthy, Palace are now around £20 million in profit for this transfer window alone, regardless of the outlay made to bring in Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda.
Concerns over the general flow of funds have only continued to intensify in recent days with little to no positive news making its way out of the corridors of power at Selhurst Park, but there remains a genuine sense of hope over a possible deal for Benteke, given the willingness from all parties to eventually reach a mutually acceptable transfer fee.
Let’s hope the next offer we return with doesn’t include the same outlandish stipulations and instead goes straight for the kill.
Watch this space.