Liverpool Trigger Christian Benteke Buyout Clause By Chucking £32.5m At Aston Villa

Chris Wright

16th, July 2015


By Chris Wright

It would appear that Christian Benteke leaving Aston Villa is little more than a formality now with Liverpool said to have triggered the Belgian striker’s release clause this very afternoon.

It’s being widely reported (first by the Liverpool Echo) that Liverpool have lodged a buyout-busting £32.5million offer for Benteke as they seek to immediately reinvest the Raheem Sterling money that is burning a hole in their collective pockets.

Danny Ings will be pleased.

According to the Daily Mail, thanks to a sell-on stipulation, Benteke’s former side Genk are entitled to 15% on any profit Villa make above the £7million price they paid to purchase the striker three years ago – meaning Villa will only receive approximately £28.7million of the total fee.

Benteke is a force of nature in the air and definitely performs best with a few nippy little sattelite forwards buzzing in and around him – of which Liverpool happen to have many. Could be one hell of a signing, this.

The aforementioned fee would mean Benteke is set to become Liverpool’s second most expensive player ever, though he’ll undoubtedly prove far better value than the lumbering brute still perched at the top of the list.

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  1. Chris says:

    Excellent buy…was a bit skeptical at first, but this LFC side badly needs Benteke. Big mean ass forward. In fact all the players we’ve bought add a nice dose of meanness in all areas.

    Suddenly the team looks more balanced or complete.

  2. John says:

    Liverpool have a predictable style that teams were figuring out. Benteke adds a different dimension and a player for Liverpool fullbacks to hit, not to mention Milner and Henderson who can pick Benteke out in the box too. Or on the floor, Benteke has genuine pace and having Coutinho and Firmino putting you in on goal can only be a good thing. I can see Benteke getting between 15-20 goals this season once he gets off to a good start.

  3. domingo says:

    liverpool have not triggered the release clause . talk is they are trying to offer a package villa will take with add on and maybe a player or two. if i was villa it would have to be cash on the nail as liverpool cant exactly say they cant afford it with the sterling money they got from city. i still think utd are going to come in at the death and take him lol

  4. Straight Dave says:

    I like the way Rodgers is happy to chuck endless amounts of cash at various forwards but yet doesn’t seem interested in bringing in anyone to fix that godawful defence. K.R.A.P. = Keep Rodgers At ‘Pool

  5. Giddy for Zelalem says:

    Can all we all just address the elephant in the room? Is Benteke worth 32.5 million pounds? Mind you Arsenal paid right around that amount for Sanchez. Once again the fickleness and stupidity of English (not just Liverpool, but especially Liverpool) football fans plays out. All one needs to do to please an English football fan is spend money and the higher the price tag the more pants creaming pleasurable it is regardless of the actual quality of the player. And then when players turn out to not be worth their price tag (as most invariably do) the English football fan will scream at the top of his lungs, bemoaning such a wasteful spending of money…and then demand more money be sent. And next summer at the Euros when England invariably disappoint the entire country will be in an uproar about the lack of world class English talent coming through the academies, and why clubs prefer to spend on Johnny Foreigners rather than invest in good solid English lads.

  6. G says:

    Investing in “good solid English lads” costs £49M….

  7. Bestie says:

    Haha. Typical thick Souser move: sell Suarez, waste the money on Balotelli and Lambert. Now sell Sterling, buy the Belgian version of Lambert and Balotelli. Benteke worth 32 million? Please!

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