Liverpool will activate a £32.5m release clause in Christian Benteke’s contract that will see him join the Reds in the summer, according to reports.
Benteke has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield, and Metro reports the Reds will move to sign the Aston Villa man following Saturday’s FA Cup final.
Aston Villa remains desperate to keep hold of the Belgian international, but manager Tim Sherwood admitted the striker has a release clause and could leave in the summer.
“There’s a buy-out clause in his contract so it will be impossible for us to stop him if he wants to go,” Sherwood is quoted as saying by Metro.
“Someone’s got to meet that buy-out clause and if they don’t it won’t be considered because we don’t want to lose him.”
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to have made Benteke a priority signing this summer after a disappointing season that saw Liverpool finish in sixth place.
Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert failed to impress in their first season at the Reds, and it seems the latter will be shown the door at Anfield.
Liverpool are also said to be interested in Burnley attacker Danny Ings as Rodgers looks to bolster a squad that managed to score just 52 goals this season.