Yesterday, we covered stories linking Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke with a potential January move to Turkish club Besiktas but 24 hours on, a journalist known to be well connected to the player has poured cold water on the rumour.
Christian Benteke has been linked with Besiktas again in Turkish media:
1) Besiktas don’t have the resources for a permanent move.
2) Crystal Palace won’t loan out a player that cost them £30m when he has only 1,5 year left on his deal.
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) December 17, 2018
As I said myself when first stumbling across the article, Besiktas’ hope of getting a loan deal agreed for the Belgian international set alarm bells ringing immediately in my mind, given the financial commitment we’ve already made towards him, not to mention our ongoing need for a proven goal-scorer at the head of the side.
Having spent £30 million to bring him from Liverpool to Selhurst Park, (alongside his weekly wage packet of more than £100,000) the chances of us letting him further run down his contract elsewhere look to be slim to none, with Roy Hodgson no doubt hoping that he can return to first-team action in the New Year and rediscover the goalscoring touch which saw him bag an impressive 17 goals in his first season in red and blue.
Were Besiktas to have come to us with a permanent offer of £15-20 million for him, I feel as though the board may well have listened but as the journalist in question says in the tweet attached above, the Turkish outfit simply don’t have the sort of financial muscle-power necessary to pull off such a move.
With 18 months left on his current contract, Palace are going to have to work out whether to stick or twist on Benteke in the not too distant future. You would assume that the second half of the campaign will inform us over whether or not to offer him fresh terms or attempt to cut our losses and sell over the summer months, either way, a January move away looks extremely unlikely as things stand.
Let’s hope we get the old Christian back raring to go in January.