After weeks of arguments over an expensive buy-out clause, Liverpool have agreed to buy Christian Benteke. Did the Reds get their next star striker?
Weeks of fighting with Aston Villa over the buy-out clause in the contract of striker Christian Benteke have come to an end with Liverpool agreeing to pay the full price for the scoring sensation.
According to the Metro, the Reds have agreed to pay the £32.5 million buy-out clause in Benteke’s contract to bring the 24-year-old Belgian superstar to Anfield, with the deal reportedly set to be finalized this week. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been in sore need of a major scoring opportunist after the team struggled on offense last season. Benteke scored more goals in the second half of the season alone than any Liverpool player did all season.
Though it had previously been reported that Liverpool were dropping out of the race due to the release clause in Benteke’s contract, Aston Villa’s recent failure to secure a new deal with their scoring machine was thought to have opened the door for the Belgian star’s departure.
Benteke recorded 11 goals in his last 10 league games with Aston Villa to help the club escape relegation. He was the Premier League Player of the Month in April and was a huge part of the team’s run to the FA Cup Final. Benteke has scored double-digit league goals in each of the last four years and in five of the last six.