Benteke wants to play in Europe, claims Aston Villa striker's agent

The race for the Aston Villa forward is heating up, and his agent's latest comments hint that a move could be on the cards.

The agent of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke has claimed his client wants to play in Europe, according to Sky Sports - who claim to have been told as much by Eris Kismet.

The striker is reportedly set for showdown talks with the club and manager Tim Sherwood, with the pair set to meet in the next 10 days to discuss the Belgian’s future.

While it is not implausible that he could be persuaded to remain at the club, his agent claims the player wants to remain in the Premier League and play for a club in the Champions League or Europa League, hinting that a move is likely for the forward.

It was recently revealed by BBC Sport that Benteke, who has two years left on his current deal at Villa Park, has a £32.5million buy-out clause in his contract, meaning Villa can hold out for that fee should rival clubs try to sign him.

He has been linked with a number of teams in recent weeks, with Liverpool – per the Daily Star - looking to be the keenest at present, as his fine form at the end of the season has helped his side avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Benteke has 12 goals for Villa this season, and despite failing to show up in Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, looks set to be one of the Premier League’s biggest movers of the summer should any deal be put in place.

At the prices being quoted, though, it will take a huge leap of face from the interested parties to stump up the cash.

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