Why potential suitors for Christian Benteke should be patient in their pursuit of Liverpool forward

Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool

Benteke seems surplus to requirements at Liverpool, and interest seems to be growing.

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

It's been known for a while that Christian Benteke is surplus to requirements at Anfield, and the list of potential suitors seems to be growing.

A report in the Daily Mirror suggests that both Sunderland and Everton are interested in signing the Belgium forward for whom Liverpool paid £32.5 million to Aston Villa last summer.

Having not featured in any of Liverpool's pre-season games so far, if there was any way back for Benteke with the Reds it would be a long road.

Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring the third goal for LiverpoolChristian Benteke celebrates after scoring the third goal for Liverpool

Crystal Palace have also shown interest in the player, with the Liverpool Echo suggesting that Liverpool are holding firm on their £30 million asking price, and won't entertain a loan deal.

But potential suitors for the player should remain patient in their pursuit if they want to get the right deal.

The Mirror's report states: "Crystal Palace moved for Benteke last month but while the south Londoners were ready to meet his £120,000-a-week wages it is understood they failed to match Liverpool’s £30 million asking price."

Liverpool's Christian Benteke scores their first goalLiverpool's Christian Benteke scores their first goal

That is a huge chunk of wages for any club to allow a striker to sit on the bench every week, even if that player may be an effective 'Plan B'. While purely from a playing point of view it may make sense for Liverpool to adopt such an approach, it doesn't add up when it comes to the money.

That leads one to think that Liverpool are perhaps a little more keen to let Benteke leave than is being reported, but are happy to utilise this stance as a negotiation tool.

As the transfer window draws closer to closing, Liverpool might be a little more open to dropping their asking price a little. Therefore, if anyone wants a better price for the player, that club may be best off waiting a little while.

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

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