At some point in each of the last two or three transfer windows we’ve seen striker Christian Benteke linked with a move to Turkey and this summer is proving to be no different, with Fenerbache supposedly readying a very low offer to take the former Liverpool man on a permanent basis.
The Belgian now has less than a year left on his contract in SE25 and whilst the Eagles are hamstrung by Benteke’s six-figure weekly wage, they are unlikely to let him leave so late in the window for the fee being discussed in Turkish newspaper Fanatik. Having spent £30 million to take him away from Anfield in 2016, a proposal of €6 million is almost certain to be too low.
There are concerns over how Roy Hodgson will look to get the best out of Christian in the coming months, with his aerial threat not exactly something we’ve looked to utilise under the ex-England gaffer but when you consider that he is currently joined by only Alexander Sørloth, Connor Wickham and Jordan Ayew at the head of the side, we are more than likely to need him on the opening day at home to Everton.
Rumours have often cropped up tying Big Ben with a move to China, with the clubs out there seemingly happy to match his high wage but the man himself is reportedly extremely happy and settled in London, leaving Palace with little option but to allow his contract to run down and hope he at least rediscovers his goal-scoring touch in red and blue between now and May.
The prospect of losing him for zilch next June is hardly a pleasant one but if €6 million is the only concrete offer being put forward for him, could you really blame Steve Parish and co. for letting it slide by?