Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has confirmed his intention to speak to compatriot Christian Benteke about a prospective move to Anfield when he meets up with the Aston Villa striker at the forthcoming national team training camp in Belgium later this month.
The free-scoring centre forward has been heavily linked with a move away from Villa Park this summer with a host of Premier League clubs credited with an interest in acquiring the player's signature.
According to the Daily Star over the weekend, the 24-year-old has attracted admiring glances from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, and that's why Tim Sherwood faces a difficult task keeping his leading marksman in the Midlands next term.
Last week it came to light that Benteke has a £32 million buyout clause written into his current contract, so all suitors know exactly how much money it will take to entice him from Aston Villa when the transfer window reopens.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as a huge fan of the Belgian and is reportedly ready to try and bring him to Merseyside ahead of the 2015/16 campaign as the Reds still look to fill the goalscoring void left by Luis Suarez's defection to Barcelona last summer.
With Daniel Sturridge enduring an injury-plagued season and the likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert failing to hit top form since signing for the club, there's been an all too obvious lack of regular goalscoring threat in the team over the past 12 months.
Benteke's arrival would go some way to solving that problem and Mignolet has given Liverpool supporters hope of a deal being negotiated after he revealed in an interview with Belgian publication Sport Wereld that he is aware of the Reds' alleged interest in the player.
“I have also read it in the newspapers and if I see him here with Red Devils, I'm sure to speak to him about it,” he said.
Benteke scored 16 goals in 35 games in 2014/15, which included an incredible run of form that saw him net 11 times in his last 11 Premier League matches. But, he was unable to fire Villa into Europe after they went down 4-0 against Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, which meant their season finished on a slightly sour note.
Still, at least Sherwood managed to retain the club's top-flight status, and supporters can look forward to another Premier League season, albeit probably without the help of their prolific marksman.
Liverpool fans: Do you think Christian Benteke would be a good signing for Brendan Rodgers this summer? Is he worth the £32 million it will probably take to get him to Anfield? Have your say below...
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