Christian Benteke has appeared to be on his way out of Liverpool from the moment the summer transfer window opened.
The Red striker has attracted offers from around Europe with the most serious interest coming from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.
Turkish club Besiktas have also thrown themselves into the mix with a loan offer for Benteke, but it appears the race for the former Aston Villa hitman is almost over.
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Palace – who have already had two offers of £25 million and £23 million plus £7 million in add-ons turned down – now look to have swayed Liverpool with a new and improved bid.
BBC Sport reports the Eagles have at last reached an agreement with the Anfield club to sell Benteke for an initial £27 million fee that could potentially exceed £30 million with add-ons.
The Belgium international is expected to undergo a medical and become Palace’s record signing, replacing £13 million winger Andros Townsend, who arrived in July.
Alan Pardew has recently received £25 million through the sale of Yannick Bolasie to Everton and seems intent on reinvesting the cash in the 25-year-old.
Benteke joined Liverpool for £32.5 million in July 2015 after soaring to prominence with 42 Premier League goals in three seasons with Aston Villa.
Despite scoring ten in all competitions during his first season at Anfield, he has largely failed to carry his prolific goalscoring form from Birmingham to Liverpool and finally looks set to move on.
Benteke has long been an easy target for Liverpool fans to unleash their frustrations on – but the Anfield faithful have greeted the news of his imminent departure with mixed feelings.
With close to £30 million added to Jurgen Klopp's transfer kitty, Liverpool supporters are also unable to agree on how the cash should be used to strengthen the squad.
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