Aston Villa and Liverpool fans react on Twitter to news of Christian Benteke's buy-out clause

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Reported suitors Liverpool could land the striker this summer for a fee believed to be £32.5 million, after Villa boss Tim Sherwood confirmed the presence of a release clause in his deal.

Aston Villa fans received some bad news ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup final, with manager Tim Sherwood revealing that the club could have no choice but to let Christian Benteke leave this summer due to a release clause in his contract.

Quoted in the Daily Mail, Sherwood confirmed for the first time that Benteke’s deal contains a purchase clause – believed to be set at £32.5 million – which could trigger a move if met.

The Belgian striker, 24, has been in hot form during Villa’s run-in, bagging 12 goals in the past 12 games to help the club secure both Premier League survival and a place in the cup final.

However, his impressive performances have also served to increase speculation surrounding his future, with Liverpool understood to be the favourites to land his services.

Sherwood stressed that his star man has given no indication that he intends to leave Villa Park in the near future but did concede that the club face the prospect of losing him, admitting: “There’s a buy-out clause in his contract so it will be impossible for us to stop him if he wants to go.

“Someone’s got to meet that buy-out clause and if they don’t it won’t be considered because we don’t want to lose him.”

According to the Mail, Villa have been made aware that Liverpool plan to place a bid for Benteke and that the in-form forward would be open to moving to Anfield due to first-team assurances, a significant wage increase and the allure of European football.

As expected, news of the clause and potential deal has had both sets of supporters talking on Twitter, with the following being just a few of the reactions to what could be one of the biggest moves of the summer transfer window.

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