Aston Villa hitman Christian Benteke has been strongly linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham, but which team needs him the most?
The Belgian striker, 22, has been a revelation in the Premier League since signing for Villa from Genk last August, and his 23 goals in all competitions last season have attracted the interest of some of the biggest sides in the division.
With Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all vying for a Champions League place this season, it seems they have identified Benteke as the man to fire them into the top four – but which team seems the most likely to bag Benteke?
Despite Olivier Giroud turning in good performances so far this season, there are still rumours that Arsene Wenger will look to add another striker – particularly with Nicklas Bentdner featuring from the bench on occasion. Karim Benzema has been the name linked with Arsenal the most, but Benteke has already adjusted to the Premier League, is younger and is in better form, with Benzema under immense pressure at Real Madrid for his lack of goalscoring. Benteke would offer a more dynamic threat than Giroud even though he isn't as technically gifted, but whether Wenger will spend so much money again after signing Mesut Ozil remains to be seen.
Any move for Benteke would surely depend on the future of Luis Suarez. With Daniel Sturridge flourishing up front, there would be little room for all three players in one team, and with a £28m transfer fee rumoured for Benteke, Brendan Rodgers would be foolish to spend so much money on someone who wouldn't be guaranteed a place in the team. Should Suarez leave, Benteke appears to be the perfect strike partner for Sturridge, making defences unlikely to cope with the combination of strength and power from Benteke and speed from Sturridge.
The £26m capture of Roberto Soldado hasn't reaped its rewards so far, but a goal against Aston Villa last weekend will hopefully be the catalyst for more. With Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly out of favour and possibly heading for the exit, Villas-Boas may look to spend even more money in January as he looks to turn the White Hart Lane side into a title contending team. Adding more firepower in the shape of Benteke would go a long way to doing that, with his side only scoring eight goals so far this season – only six teams have scored less, and three are in the relegation zone.
Whilst each destination has certain factors that will shape any move for Benteke, which club would he be best suited at?
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