Liverpool have finally reached terms with Aston Villa over the transfer of Belgian striker Christian Benteke. Liverpool actually triggered the £32.5 million release clause in the strikers contract last Thursday and even though Tim Sherwood admitted there was 'nothing he could do', he was still hopeful of persuading Benteke to stay at Villa Park.
Benteke is expected to have his medical within the next two days but Liverpool have said that he will not be signed in time to go on the pre-season tour. Liverpool are on their tour in Australasia at the moment and have already faced and beaten the Thai Allstars and Brisbane Roar. They still have to face Adelaide United and then travel to Kuala Lumpur to play Malaysia XI.
Benteke has already made quite an impact in the Premier League over the past few seasons. Since signing for Aston Villa from Genk, he has scored a very impressive 49 goals in 101 appearances which is just under a goal every two games. He is a very accomplished player already considering he is just 24 years old. He has a lot of time left in his career and isn't even anywhere near his peak yet, so Liverpool are making a brilliant signing.
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He will no doubt be first choice for Liverpool considering he scored more goals last season than any of the current Liverpool strikers. Balotelli will be offloaded this summer if possible, Rickie Lambert will play a similar role to last season where he just plays when he is needed and comes on as a sub.
Daniel Sturridge, when he is fit, will probably play alongside Benteke in the team because they have a perfect contrast in styles which will allow them to feed off each other and make for a very good strike partnership. Danny Ings will more than likely be a cup competition player, hence why the move to Liverpool was a bad one for his career.
Liverpool should loan him out to another Premier League club so his career can develop, thus giving them a better player in the future. His career won't develop on the Anfield bench.
So, Liverpool are very close to having Benteke sign on the dotted line. This is great news for the club but not so great news for the current Liverpool strikers...