Report: Liverpool to meet Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke’s release clause

The Aston Villa striker has been the subject of one of the summer’s biggest transfer sagas.

Christian Benteke’s protracted exit from Aston Villa could finally be coming to an end with reports emerging, via the Telegraph, that Liverpool will meet the striker’s £32.5 million release clause.

Liverpool have been linked with the Belgian all summer but were thought to be reluctant to meet Villa’s demands, yet it now appears a change of heart has taken place.

Manchester United were reportedly set to swoop in – again, according to the Telegraph - and meet the clause, and this may have been the catalyst for the Reds' increase in urgency.

Raheem Sterling’s £49 million move to Manchester City has also been completed, and the pressure has been mounting for Liverpool to make a real statement in the transfer market.

Benteke looks set to be that statement, but at £32.5 million represents a considerable risk.

The 24-year old has had his fair share of serious injury lay-offs and given Daniel Sturridge’s fondness for the treatment table, consistent fitness on the attacking front could become an issue for Liverpool.

There may also be question marks over how well he will fit into Rodgers' system, but there can be no doubting what he would bring to the side.

His aerial ability and power will add a new dimension to a Reds attack which struggled for goals last season and his arrival would make an area which seemed a tad light for Liverpool last season, now look abundant in quality and variety.

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