With Bolasie's move to Everton moving closer, does it pave the way for Benteke and Crystal Palace?
Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace during a press conference
Everton have offered Crystal Palace £30 million for the services of Yannick Bolasie, according to Sky Sports. The tricky winger would bring a huge amount of pace, power and skill to Everton's flanks with the forward a proven match-winner.
Signed from Bristol City in 2012, the attacker played 132 times for Palace and scored 12 goals, winning many admirers for his direct style of play and scintillating running. It seems then that he will ply his trade for the Toffees next season with Everton in the middle of their busiest spell of the transfer window.
With Bolasie leaving Palace though, does it pave the way for Christian Benteke to leave Liverpool? The out-of-favour Belgian has struggled to impose himself in Jurgen Klopp's team and, with the more talented Daniel Sturridge looking to shake off his recent run of injuries, it seems that Benteke's time at Liverpool is coming to a close.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp speaks to Christian Benteke before he comes on as a substitute
In fact, the Evening Standard reports that Benteke is nearing a switch to Palace after the Bolasie deal goes through.
So what would Benteke bring to Palace?
First of all, he is a superbly powerful player. Most comfortable when he is attacking a ball played into the box or holding up play, where things seemed to go wrong at Liverpool was his inability to play as a play-making striker. He does not possess the same technical abilities with the ball at feet as other strikers in the league do.
He is also a proven goal scorer, something Palace desperately need. Crystal Palace could pay for a foreign striker who has been prolific in a different league and it might pay off. However, as many strikers from other leagues have shown, it is difficult to translate form in the Italian or Spanish league into the Premier League.
Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal for Liverpool
Therefore, it is likely that they would pay well over the odds for a player who will struggle to score goals, and ultimately have to sell him on. At least with Benteke, Palace know what he can do. While he may be a fairly unexciting choice, he is at least a choice that is proven in the league.
It remains to be seen whether the deal will be done. Palace will have to cover most of the £32.5 million fee Liverpool paid to Aston Villa for his services but, with the most competitive season in the Premier League on the horizon, it is a deal that could immediately begin to pay for itself.