Liverpool Transfer News: Christian Benteke's Agent Talks Amid Fresh Exit Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2016

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Eris Kismet, the agent for Liverpool forward Christian Benteke, has revealed there’s been no improved bids for the player, although he is expecting his client to move on with "several teams interested" in signing him. 

The Belgium international endured a tough time in his debut season at Anfield and is seemingly not the right fit for the style of football manager Jurgen Klopp wants to play. However, per Ed Aarons of the Guardian, according to Kismet, there are no updates on his future.

“We are waiting for any news but at this moment there is nothing concrete,” he said. “There are several teams interested in signing him so hopefully we can reach a resolution soon.”

Liverpool's Belgian forward Christian Benteke reacts  after losing  the UEFA Europa League final football match between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, on May 18, 2016.   AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS / AFP / PAUL ELLIS
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According to Aarons, Crystal Palace had a bid of £25 million rejected for Benteke earlier in the season; local rivals Everton, West Ham United and Besiktas are also credited with an interest. Liverpool paid £32.5 million to sign the striker last summer.

As reported by Paul Joyce of the Daily Express, Klopp has hinted the player is likely to be on his way once a side meets his valuation:

With the season less than a week away from starting, Benteke will be beginning to get a little nervous about his situation. After all, if he is to depart Anfield, the sooner the better; getting acclimatised to a new club, a new system and different team-mates is something that can take time, and it is all the more difficult when the matches are coming quickly.

The 25-year-old will still feel as though he can be a big asset at the right club. He netted nine goals for the Reds last term despite being a bit-part player, and with the right type of service Benteke is capable of getting the better of defenders.

These numbers from Squawka Football sum up where Benteke’s strength is, figures all the more impressive given he started just 14 Premier League games last season:

Game time is vital for the striker having spent a season on the fringes in 2015-16. Benteke is still searching for the spark that made him such an incredible attacking force in 2013-14; he was injured before the end of that campaign and has never quite been able to recover his absolute best.

Benteke could be effective in the correct setup.
Benteke could be effective in the correct setup.Stu Forster/Getty Images

The Achilles problem the player suffered may be putting off the likes of Palace, Everton and West Ham from stumping up the big money to prise Benteke out of Anfield, leaving the player in a difficult position. Should a transfer fail to materialise, it’s tough to see him featuring anywhere near as much in Klopp’s first full season in charge.

But as the transfer window’s end edges closer, there will be teams keen to acquire a striker with a proven track record of goalscoring in the Premier League and someone who can provide a focal point up top. For all of the flaws Benteke has shown in his game at Anfield and the lingering concerns about his injury, he can offer that.

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