It appears that Brendan Rodgers will make his move for top transfer target, Aston Villa's Christian Benteke. Liverpool are believed to be extremely interested in securing the Belgian for next season. Villa demand a £32.5 million transfer for the player in order to buy him out of his contract.
The Belgian powerhouse signed a four year contract extension to keep him at Villa Park back in 2013 but it appears that with the interest he has attracted form some of England's top clubs that he will certainly look to move away this summer.
Benteke, now 24, has scored 49 goals in 101 appearances for Aston Villa. The fans' favourite, who was signed from Genk for £7 million, has emerged as one of the top transfer targets this summer with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly interested.
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Liverpool fans will be calling out to secure the services of the big Belgian striker as they have lacked firepower in front of goal since the move of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the injuries suffered by Daniel Sturridge.
With Brendan Rodgers gambling on a transfer for Mario Balotelli the Liverpool manager was certainly left with egg on his face after claiming he could change Balotelli and "help him mature as a young man". Rodgers claimed he had taken a "calculated risk" by signing the Italian who signed a massive contract worth £80,000 a week. Balotelli was arguably one of the worst signings of last season.
Liverpool however must try and sign Benteke. In comparison with Balotelli, they are chalk and cheese. Although Balotelli undoubtedly has the talent to play at the top level of football, it is his lack of drive and desire on the pitch which has been his downfall; not to mention his off the field antics. Benteke is just as talented as Balotelli but will give 100% for the team and the manager, even when things aren't going his way. Rodgers must secure Benteke's signature before the likes of Arsenal enter the race to sign him.
For some, it would appear that it would be a backwards step in the career of Benteke to sign for Liverpool as they will not be playing Champions League football this season. Liverpool are a fantastic club and it would be an ideal move for most players to move to Anfield, however with the lack of European football this season it is arguably unwise for Benteke to sign.
If Arsene Wenger was to step up his interest in the Belgian it could seriously hamper Liverpool's chances of signing him. Arsenal will play in the Champions League yet again this season and the chance of playing in the top European competition is too much of a pull for players nowadays. Liverpool will be able to afford the wage demands which Benteke would require but will not be able to give him European football this season and could struggle to qualify for the top four again in 2015/16.
One thing is for certain and that is that Liverpool are in desperate need of a striker. Benteke is imposing and a constant handful for even the best defenders in the Premier League. The £32.5 million buy-out clause may seem steep but it would be absolutely worth it for Brendan Rodgers. For Benteke however, he must weigh up his options before he makes any decision on his future.
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