The Independent is one of several sources to have reported a £32.5 million price tag, thought to be the amount of the Belgian’s buy-out clause, which the paper has suggested has put off one interested party; Liverpool.
Plenty of other clubs could arguably do with a player of Benteke’s style and Cascarino feels the issue may not just be down to the cost of a deal alone.
“Obviously the deal has to be right for Aston Villa – I think the question mark is that he’s had a bit of a rollercoaster ride at Villa,” he said on talkSPORT.
“He’s done okay at times, he had a bad injury and when he came back, he looked a shadow of the player – Once Tim (Sherwood) got the job, he looked like the Benteke of old, but that was only over four months.”
Clubs want evidence of prolonged consistency
It’s arguable that any club that could part with a huge fee for an attacking player will want evidence of prolonged consistency from that individual before parting with their cash.
That seems to be the point that Cascarino is getting at but Benteke does now have substantial Premier League experience.
Any reluctance from sides supposedly interested in the player could end up working in Aston Villa’s favour.
If Tim Sherwood gets to keep the forward because sides don’t believe he justifies his price or don’t believe he’s been consistent enough, the Aston Villa boss certainly won’t be arguing.