Tuesday is like every other day of the week with rumour after rumour. Today we hear news of Benteke, Witsel and Jonas Hector.
Christian Benteke, one of Liverpool’s unwanted strikers, is the subject of Crystal Palace’s desire. It’s not hard to see why, either. The tall Belgian would suit the Londoners’ style well and it is being reported that Alan Pardew is prepared to pay handsomely for Benteke’s services.
Although, I struggle to see Palace fans taking to Benteke too quickly after the Belgian earned Liverpool three points at Selhurst Park last season in a very controversial manner. When Liverpool’s number 9 was introduced from the bench no one expected him to secure a win for the Merseyside club but when Benteke went down very easily in the 18-yard area things changed hugely.
He coolly slotted the resultant penalty and there was in instantaneous media outburst at how such a big man could go down after so little contact.
According to the Mirror, however, Palace hierarchies have forgotten this dramatic game. With it being reported that Liverpool have already rejected a £25 million bid it would seem everything has been forgiven. Palace are understood to be prepared to up their bid to £27 million + £4 million in add ons.
If I were in charge, if only, I would grab the money and run for the hills. Alas, I’m just a lowly football writer who is overly sarcastic. The Mirror’s David Anderson is reporting that Liverpool want £30 million up front for the club’s third most expensive player.
Anderson writes both clubs are certain that a deal can be struck in the coming days. Palace are prepared to pay Benteke’s outlandish £120,000-a-week wages which is good news as this was considered to be a real stumbling block in the sale of the Belgian.
While Benteke may not have worked out at Liverpool he is still a forward who can bag the right team a tonne of goals. With the signing of Sadio Mané it was always likely that Benteke’s game time at Anfield would be further restricted.
There have been reports that Liverpool and Everton are both interested in signing Axel Witsel. The Zenit St. Petersburg star is now free to negotiate a move after Belgium were dumped out of the Euros by Wales.
It would appear as though Liverpool, if they were ever in it, are out of the race to sign Witsel.
Witsel’s father has confirmed the Toffees’ interest Witsel, telling reporters; “Everton’s interest is concrete, like Napoli’s, so the negotiation is ongoing.
“To see if the marriage happens we have to see the conditions and understand what is the best destination for the player.”
Very little to link Liverpool with Witsel at the moment.
That brings Tuesday’s transfer roundup to an end. See you tomorrow, folks.