Report: Christian Benteke wants pay rise for Crystal Palace transfer

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for Liverpool

The striker looks set to leave Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Christian Benteke scores the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke scores for Liverpool

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is demanding a pay rise before he will join Crystal Palace.

The striker is expected to leave Liverpool this summer after a disappointing first year at the club. He arrived in a big money move from Aston Villa last summer, but managed just ten goals in all competitions across the season.

He struggled to settle into the team under former manager Brendan Rodgers, while he has similarly failed to impress Jurgen Klopp since the German took charge last October.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Christian BentekeLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace are keen on his signature and have already made a bid to secure his services. They offered £25 million for the Belgian, but Liverpool want £30 million plus add-ons for their man.

That is a price that the Eagles are willing to pay according to the Daily Mail, who this week also reported that the club had reached a verbal agreement with the player's representatives for him to make the move to Selhurst Park. 

However, it appears they will have to pay big in wages to secure his signature, with the striker asking for a pay rise if he is to make the move to London according to the Daily Mail.

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Alan Pardew’s side are now weighing up the total cost of the move and whether it would be a wise one for them to make.

Their main concern is that the Belgian’s sizeable salary demands plus the transfer fee could restrict their spending on other areas, according to the report.

Crystal Palace manager Alan PardewCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

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