It’s fair to say Christian Benteke’s Liverpool career hasn’t exactly gone to plan.
The Belgian arrived at Anfield for a massive £32.5 million last summer but struggled to play regularly, scoring just 10 times in 42 appearances in all competitions.
The striker clearly doesn’t fit into Jurgen Klopp’s plans this season so you’d think the German would be willing to offload him as the first available opportunity.
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So, when it was reported that the Reds had rejected a £30.5 million bid from Crystal Palace, eyebrows were certainly raised.
Liverpool would surely be happy to cut their losses and lose out on just £2 million on their expensive flop.
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Why did they reject such a large bid for Benteke, then?
Well, the Telegraph have revealed all.
Palace offered an initial £23.5 million with a further £7 million in add-ons. While this met Liverpool’s valuation of their forward, they deemed the offer as unacceptable.
The report claims an additional clause was inserted that would only be paid if Palace qualify for the Champions League, with Benteke playing in 70 per cent of the fixtures and scoring 20 goals in the process - it’s pretty unlikely that all three of those things happen in a single season anytime in the future.
Alan Pardew obviously has high hopes for his side, and Benteke, in the coming years.
However, Liverpool clearly didn’t feel the same way and demanded a higher initial fee for the player.
Despite Liverpool’s rejection, the report claims that the deal is still expected to go ahead with the Eagles making their clauses a little bit more realistic.
Palace have already seen a £25 million bid turned down this summer and Pardew is seemingly keen to add Benteke to his ranks, especially after selling Yannick Bolasie this week.
The striker himself is obviously keen to leave Anfield with him seemingly being deemed surplus to requirements by Klopp.
But the German manager has warned Premier League clubs that, although Benteke isn’t in his plan, he won’t be giving away ‘any presents’ this summer.
“Christian already said it maybe makes sense for him to go to another club and that’s the situation at this moment.
“If there is a need on the other side then go for it – but not as a present. That’s how transfers are.
“A few clubs try to gamble but we are not part of the gambling side. We are serious people, and if there is an offer we will think about it.”
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