Stan Collymore: Aston Villa should sell Christian Benteke in summer transfer window on two conditions

Christian Benteke has been in good form for Aston Villa in recent weeks.

Stan Collymore has suggested in his Bleacher Report column that Aston Villa should be entertaining the idea of selling striker Christian Benteke in the summer transfer window.

However, the former Villa striker believes that the club should make that decision one two conditions.

“If he leaves Villa with the team still in the Premier League and for the requisite £20-£25 million, I would be pragmatic about a move for Benteke,” Collymore wrote in the Bleacher Report.

Benteke is arguably Villa’s best player, and his recent rise in form is likely to spark interest among a number of top clubs in the Premier League.

The Villans have shown in the past that they are open to selling their key assets, and one suspects that they will find it tough to hold onto the Belgium international should a good offer comes in.

If Villa do suffer relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season, then they may have not have the upperhand in negotiations.

Top clubs will not be willing to pay as much as they will if Villa remain in the Premier League, as they will know that the Villans will have to sell to balance their books.

However, it remains to be seen if any club will pay the £20-£25 million that Collymore suggests Villa should demand for Benteke.

While transfer fees in the Premier League can be inflated, that is a lot of money for a player who has suffered with injuries over the months and has started to play well only recently.

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