Report: Aston Villa set asking price for Christian Benteke, could stay if club qualify for Europa League

Aston Villa are set to lose Benteke this summer, but he could actually stay at the club.

Benteke is one of the most in-demand forwards in European football, and the Mirror have announced that Villa have set an asking price of £32 million on his head.

The Birmingham-based club will not stand in his way if he intends to sign for a bigger club, but they will only entertain offers if they match this valuation.

It is stated no decision will be made on his future until June, after he features in Belgium’s summer internationals, and he will be hoping to fire the Villains to FA Cup success prior to any departure.

It is also this potential success in the FA Cup that could come to play a key part in any transfer away from Villa Park, with a different report in the Mirror claiming that Benteke would seriously entertain the idea of staying with the club if they qualify for the Europa League.

Under new rules, only the winner of the FA Cup qualifies for Europe, meaning that Villa will have to claim the trophy to secure passage to the Europa League. However, if they achieve this feat, Benteke will be able to challenge himself on the European stage - something that he is keen on doing in the near future.

Not only will qualifying for Europe increase the chances of the Belgian international staying with the club, it is stated that Benteke is ‘open-minded’ about staying at Villa Park, as he is settled in the area, and is guaranteed consistent playing time at the club.

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