Liverpool have been ordered to stump up £32.5million if they are to land Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, but they're refusing, according to the Daily Mail.
Reports relay that the big Belgian has the aforesaid sum registered as an escape clause in his contract, with Villa extremely reluctant to accept even a penny less for his services.
The Belgian international is being pursued by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, as the Anfield club continues its major revamp after a debauching campaign last season.
The Reds though will have to offer a substantial amount of cash to try and persuade Villa owner Randy Lerner to let go of his most prized asset, and the latest rumours don't spell positive news for the potential deal.
Liverpool are unwilling to go beyond the price of the escape clause, and since Villa are playing hardball in their efforts to keep their star man a transfer looks unlikely at this stage.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is determined to build on last season, where he saw his side avoid relegation and reach the FA Cup final. Prolific goal-scorer Benteke is the main focus for strengthening the squad and so keeping him with the side is a necessity.
Liverpool fans, is Benteke worth £32.5m considering you already have Danny Ings? Let us know in the comments box below.