Report: Spurs and Liverpool interested in Benteke, price may be problem

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are said to be keen on signing Christian Benteke from Aston Villa.

Aston Villa will only sell Christian Benteke this summer if they receive a bid of £25 million, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Benteke has been in brilliant form since Tim Sherwood took charge of the club and the fear is that his resurgence will attract interest ahead of the summer transfer window.

Villa know that they are not in the best position to keep hold of their key players, having had a difficult season, and Benteke is likely to be one of their most sought-after stars.

However, the Claret and Blues will not let their key striker go without a fight and they have reportedly slapped a whopping £25 million price tag on the striker.

This has allegedly created a problem for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, who are both said to be interested in the Belgian international, as neither can currently afford to spend that much.

Liverpool would reportedly need to offload Mario Balotelli before being able to bring in Benteke, whilst the 24-year-old is out of Tottenham's price range.

Spurs are looking at signing players valued between £10 and £15 million and they will not stretch their budget to secure Benteke's addition.

It means that, as things stand, Benteke is set to stay at Villa Park and the striker is apparently perfectly happy with that, although he does want the side to make it into Europe in the near future. 

This stance could change if Villa do fail to stay up, though. Benteke will reportedly lose £15,000-a-week from his contract should the Midlands outfit become a Championship side, meaning relegation would be disastrous for both him and the club. 

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