Reported Manchester United target Christian Benteke allegedly wants £150,000-a-week contract

The Aston Villa striker is said to want a substantial weekly wage if he signs for Manchester United or another interested party.

According to a report from the Daily Star, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke wants a weekly wage of £150,000 if he signs for another club this summer.

The Belgian international has been heavily linked with a Villa Park exit and the latest report claims Manchester United are one of the clubs interested in the 24-year-old.

Benteke played his final game of the season on Saturday as Villa lost 4-0 to Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup, but it remains to be seen if it was his last ever appearance in the claret and blue.

United are likely to reinforce their striking department after allowing Radamel Falcao to return to AS Monaco and with Robin van Persie another year older and just 12 months away from the end of his contract.

Youngster James Wilson is also a long way from the finished article, and Benteke’s experience in the Premier League makes him a very enticing target.

United would also be able to afford his wages but it is whether they would be willing to pay him so much from the outset, to potentially secure him ahead of alleged rivals for his signature Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

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