Crystal Palace clearly have money to spend.
Before Chelsea swooped, the Eagles agreed a deal to sign Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for £31.6 million.
So the Premier League club will be able to meet Liverpool’s demands for striker Christian Benteke. According to the Telegraph, Alan Pardew is interested in the out-of-favour striker.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article:
Article continues below
However, he might flinch when they see the number Liverpool are requesting.
The Belgian was limited to 14 Premier League starts last season and did his chances of pleasing Jurgen Klopp no favours by hitting out at the German in March.
Article continues below
Yet if you thought Fenway Sports Group were looking for a swift sale, think again. The Telegraph’s report claims they are seeking £30m for the Belgian.
That is just £2.5m less than Liverpool paid Aston Villa for the striker in 2015. And Benteke’s reputation now is significantly worse than it was when he fired Villa to safety in 2014-15.
So Liverpool are certainly running the risk of losing Palace’s interest. In the best case scenario, they recoup most of what they spent on the player. In the worst case, Benteke is out of the door.
Most fans would probably take the latter option.
FSG have seen some of the incredible prices quoted in this summer’s transfer window - Paul Pogba could leave Juventus for £100m - and want to benefit from the new-found riches of Premier League sides.
The TV rights deal means clubs have a lot more money to spend, and so perhaps Benteke’s £30m value is a mere indicator of the adjusted value of players.
With Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and new arrival Sadio Mane all vying for positions in Klopp’s starting line-up, Benteke is deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield.
The writing was on the wall when the 25-year-old hit out at his manager in an extraordinary outburst earlier in the year.
“Some team-mates have said that I was lucky with the arrival of Klopp, because I certainly would play,” Benteke told Sport/Voetbalmagazine, per Goal.
“When your coach says he wanted to take you to Dortmund and a little later you sit at the same club and he ignores you, it is hard to understand.”
The Belgium international has since expressed a desire to stay at Liverpool but that isn’t enough to see him placed in the shop window.
Fans have reacted extremely positively to the news of Palace’s interest, although some wonder whether the asking price is too steep.