Christian Benteke scores for Liverpool
Crystal Palace had a bid of £30.5 million for Christian Benteke rejected by Liverpool yesterday, and the Telegraph have run a report today detailing the intricacies of the add-ons which totalled £7.5 million, and how the Reds dismissed the deal because of its' unrealistic nature.
At face value it is hard to understand why the Merseyside outfit would not have taken a £2 million hit on a player who has been so ineffective for them.
The South Londoners offered £23 million up front, and a further £7.5 million in add-ons. One of the additional clauses included an amount of £2.5 million that would be paid to Liverpool should Palace finish inside the top-four, with Benteke scoring 20 goals or more whilst playing at least 70 per cent of their fixtures in said Champions League qualifying campaign.
Liverpool's Christian Benteke
Unsurprisingly, the Liverpool hierarchy deemed this to be unrealistic, and demanded more money up front.
With two-weeks remaining until the transfer widow closes, this deal has the potential to go right down to the wire, but with Liverpool keen to sell, and Palace in desperate need of a striker, it will surely be one that will go through in the end.
Liverpool's Christian Benteke looks dejected