Report: Juventus line up deal for Liverpool’s under-fire striker Christian Benteke

Liverpool’s Christian Benteke has struggled at Anfield.

According to The Sun, Juventus are eyeing a summer move for Liverpool’s Christian Benteke.

The report claims that the Serie A champions are seeking a long-term replacement for Mario Mandzukic and have identified Benteke after already establishing contact with the striker in January.

The Belgium international only joined the Reds last summer in a big-money move after the Merseyside club activated his release clause while at Premier League opponents Aston Villa.

Benteke’s form for Villa was particularly impressive towards the end of last season, yet many had reservations over the signing due to the contrasting styles of play.

Liverpool like to press high up the pitch and play through the middle, yet Benteke thrives off wing play and balls into the box from wide areas and the mismatch has been evident over the season.

The 25-year-old has started just 12 Premier League games all season, with his last full 90 minutes in the league coming way back in early January during a 2-0 defeat at West Ham United.

Boss Jurgen Klopp evidently does not rate him as a first-team regular, and a player of Benteke’s ability will not be content with featuring sporadically in short bursts off the bench.

The Sun says that Juventus have been keen on the player for a while, and that the Merseyside club may be willing to take a loss on the striker if the Italian side press ahead with their interest this summer.

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