Is it me or is Benteke ridiculously overpriced?

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According to reports, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are chasing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke this summer.

Depending on your choice of newspaper, the Belgian is either on his way to Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool or Borussia Dortmund and is valued between £20 million and £30 million.

The 22-year-old only signed for Villa last summer for £7 million from Genk and scored 19 goals in the Premier League for Paul Lambert’s side, accounting for 49% of all Villa goals (23 goals overall) and emerged as one of the most coveted frontmen in the league.

His current wage packet is £20,000 and whilst Villa are reportedly hoping to renegotiate his deal to keep him, it looks increasingly likely that he’ll be sold – especially if they believe they can get £30 million for him.

That would represent a quadrupling of his value in less than 12 months – around a 430% increase on what they paid for him – and given that players like Liverpool’s Luis Suarez are reportedly ‘worth’ that figure, that really is astonishing.

According to, albeit far-fetched, reports Arsenal are interested in the Uruguayan and are prepared to bid around that price to bring Suarez to the Emirates or, if you believe other reports they are close to signing Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain for at least £5 million less than that.

Is Benteke really as good as Suarez? Is he better than Higuain?

Is he better than £24 million Robin van Persie? Is he even better than Chelsea signing Andre Schurrle who cost £17 million and is the same age? Christian Benteke is a very very good striker but it is also possible that he just hit a ‘purple patch’ with Aston Villa this term.

It seems ludicrous to me that Tottenham especially would pay that kind of money for him – considering they were linked up until this week with David Villa who just moved to Atletico Madrid for less than £5 million. For £30 million or more Spurs could go out any buy a Robert Lewandowski or a Stevan Jovetic for the same price.

With all due respect, why would anyone be prepared to spend that kind of cash on Benteke? I know he’s good how good really is he? Perhaps if he replicated that kind of form next term, there might be more of an argument for that kind of valuation but, as things stand, he’s not one of the best strikers in Europe. By all accounts, he’s not even the best striker in England.

In my humble opinion, he’s worth half that price – roughly £15 million, which still represents more than a 200% increase on what Villa bought him for. I think Aston Villa might hope to get upwards of £20 million but I would think they’d be lucky to get that. £20 million would be fair.

If they don’t want to let him go for that, then they shouldn’t let him go – he’s got a contract until 2016 – if they value him that highly, maybe they should just keep him until he’s genuinely worth that. They're not under any obligation to sell him - even if he has handed in a transfer request. It's a just a request to which they can simply say 'no'.

But then we should not forget. This is the Premier League. Where Aston Villa managed to shaft Liverpool to pay in the region of £20 million for Stewart Downing. Perhaps we should not be surprised by anything where money is concerned.

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