Christian Benteke: 4 Most Likely Transfer Destinations If He Leaves Aston Villa
Aston Villa have secured English Premier League survival and with it a good chance of keeping Christian Benteke at the club.
Paul Lambert took a massive gamble on the Belgian at the start of the season, but the 22-year-old repaid that faith by notching 22 goals and effectively firing Villa to safety by outscoring others.
Villa want to get a deal done where they can extend Benteke's contract, reward him with a pay raise and build a team around him (via The Daily Mail), and Christian has admitted he owes Lambert a lot.
Still, the elite clubs will circle this summer, so let's run down his four most likely destinations should he leave the Midlands club.
The most heavily touted destination for Christian Benteke this summer is Tottenham Hotspur.
The Mirror, among many others, have reported on Andre Villas-Boas' "strong" interest in the striker, as Tottenham Hotspur seriously need to address the position this summer.
Emmanuel Adebayor was useless up until the final three weeks of the season and Jermain Defoe's injury took Spurs' season off the rails.
Leandro Damiao has been linked to the club for three seasons now, and he's still an option in the coming months, according to Goal.com.
Arsenal's replacing of Robin van Persie with Olivier Giroud hasn't quite gone as some would hope, and it appears the North London side are back on the striker market this summer.
The Mirror have reported on the Gunners' potential interest in Christian Benteke, and the rapid increase in his short-passing game and linkup play stands him in good stead for a move.
Comments from the player himself declaring his love for Arsenal have only helped the media spin a story, but many are suggesting Gonzalo Higuain is the man to move to the Emirates for a cool £22 million.
Aston Villa fans will have felt quietly confident about staving off interest from domestic rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, knowing one season in England isn't entirely conclusive of Christian Benteke's talent.
Fears over the dreaded "one-season wonders" have heightened in recent years, and that might be enough to ward off the bids from Premier League sides this summer.
The link to Borussia Dortmund, however, is a worry.
The German side will go into next season as UEFA Champions League runners-up at the very least, giving them a solid platform to continue growing. Benteke would be the replacement for Robert Lewandowski, and you have to say he'd be a perfect fit.
Would a move to Serie A appeal?
According to Christian Benteke's agent, Eris Kismet, playing for Internazionale would be a dream after the Italian giants reportedly signaled interest (via Sky Sports).
Inter are a bit of a mess at the moment and need to look at revamping the squad (and management?) this summer, and securing a young powerful forward to build around would be an ideal start.
But the Nerazzurri cannot finish higher than eighth in Italy's top tier this season, and that makes Milan the least likely destination of the four.