Report: Aston Villa remain unwilling to drop Christian Benteke's asking price

Aston Villa are reportedly unwilling to drop their asking price for striker Christian Benteke.

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool have been put off a pursuit for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke - because Villa are so far unwilling to lower their asking price.

The Reds have already snapped up the likes of Adam Bogdan, Joe Gomez, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, but manager Brendan Rodgers needs to strengthen even more if he is to mount a top four challenge next season.

Another striker will be on Rodgers' wishlist, but the Daily Mail believe that Liverpool are holding off making a bid for Aston Villa's Christian Benteke - because they are waiting for their Premier League rivals to lower the asking price.

The Belgian international, 24, enjoyed a remarkable end to the season, hitting 11 goals in nine games under Tim Sherwood, rekindling his best form.

However, Sherwood recently admitted to Sky Sports that Benteke has a £32.5m release clause, and should any club pay that, Villa would find it difficult to keep him at the club.

The report states that Villa are so far unwilling to accept any amount lower than that release clause, and Liverpool aren't keen on paying such a huge amount for the striker.

Worth the money?

Benteke struggled in the first half of the season, but sparked into life upon Sherwood's appointment in February, ending the campaign as one of the most in-form players in the Premier League.

When on top form, Benteke can dominate defenders, but the Belgian loves to feed on crosses - where as Liverpool tend to play the ball on the deck, hence why Rickie Lambert has struggled to make an impact under Rodgers.

Benteke may be succeeding at Aston Villa, but £32.5m is a lot of money to spend on a player who doesn't necessarily fit Liverpool's style of play, meaning the Reds' decision to hold off on a deal is smart work.

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