Premier League side Liverpool FC could allow the transfer of their forward Christian Benteke move to Turkey this summer as the Turkish champions are interested in signing him, based on reports.
Reds Manager Jurgen Klopp deems the player surplus to requirements, and has gotten a lot of attackers this summer as replacement.
Benteke moved to Anfield for £32.5 million last summer but he couldn’t quite live up to the hype in his debut season, else the quest to push him out.
Crystal Palace are offering Benteke a lifeline to remain in England but they have not been able to agree transfer fees with Liverpool. Express Sport report that Palace offered Liverpool £23.5m with £7m in potential add-ons but the Reds rejected it due to the triggers for the additional payments, claiming they were unrealistic. Liverpool want to offload the player only to any side that will help minimise the loss the most. Hence, the move to send Benteke on loan since almost no club would likely meet such high standards after his performance in the last term.
Lig TV reports that Besiktas are willing to offer £3million in a season long loan for the Belgian.
Commenting on the matter, Klopp said: “Christian already said it maybe makes sense for him to go to another club. That’s the situation at this moment. Christian is a still a great striker, but we have a few more strikers and it makes more sense to give them match time. That is what we did. If there are clubs that want a striker from us they have to make a real offer. Otherwise we will find solutions.”
Benteke is contracted to Liverpool for the next four years, but after scoring just ten goals in all competitions last season, his options for a change are limited. Besiktas want a replacement after their strikers refused to return following the political unrest in Turkey.