Benteke has made it clear that he wants to play European football, which has put Tim Sherwood in a difficult position over what to do with regards to his future.
He could force the Belgian to honour his commitments to Aston Villa or he could sell him for the best possible price, which is the line of action that Bosnich would prefer his old team to follow.
“Once a player comes out and says publicly that he wants to go to another club, there’s no real use having him there – I think the thing for Villa is to get the best price possible for him and then to use that money wisely to get other players,” he said.
Villa could use Benteke is a big bargaining chip with several of the Premier League’s biggest clubs likely to be interested in his services.
Villa could look to do a cash deal for up to and above his £32.5 million buy-out clause or they could look to do some sort of part exchange deal, which would see them getting a player in return.
The advantage of choosing the second option is that Sherwood can address a problem he feels in his squad at the same time as letting the player leave, with no guarantee that he’d be able to spend the cash generated by selling Benteke easily.
If he does leave, there is going to be a massive hole which needs to be filled in Villa’s attack because Benteke is a unique, powerful and explosive sort of player who doesn’t come along very often.