Liverpool Transfer News: Christian Benteke Offer Rejected, Latest Reds Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2016

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        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have reportedly rejected a bid from Crystal Palace worth up to £30 million for striker Christian Benteke

According to Sky Sports News HQ's Kaveh Solhekol, the Reds want £32 million for the Belgian—just £500,000 short of the figure they paid Aston Villa for him last summer—and were unhappy with the structure of the deal Palace put on the table:

Benteke, 25, is something of a fringe player at Liverpool under manager Jurgen Klopp, with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Klopp recently confirmed that, while Ings is set to play a key role in the coming season, Benteke and Mario Balotelli are set for the exit door, per James Pearce in the Liverpool Echo.

The German manager previously hinted, though, that Benteke will not be let go cheaply, per Pearce:

And Liverpool seem to be adamant on making their money back for the Belgium international.

The former Genk forward is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League—he netted 42 times in 89 games in three seasons at Villa—and his poor return of nine goals in 29 appearances last term for Liverpool was largely a result of him not fitting in Klopp's system, per WhoScored.com.

Palace have just received a windfall of £25 million from Everton for winger Yannick Bolasie, per BBC Sport.

Clearly Liverpool are not prepared to be low-balled by a club they know have the money to meet their valuation of Benteke.

The Eagles are also in desperate need of a top-quality striker, having netted just 39 goals in the Premier League in 2015-16, the second-lowest return in the division.

Per Pearce, the chances of Palace ever having to shell out the £7 million in add-ons they offered were incredibly low, hence Liverpool's quick decision to reject the bid:

It still looks likely that Benteke will become a Palace player before the transfer window is closed—he does not look to have a future at Anfield—but the London outfit will need to up their bid considerably if they are to get their man.

Elsewhere, Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi, with Lazio and Wolfsburg also interested in the Netherlands international, per Il Tempo (via Calciomercato.com).

Anwar El Ghazi of Ajax during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Sparta Rotterdam and Ajax on august 7, 2016 at Het Kasteel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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The 21-year-old is a huge talent and netted 11 goals and provided two assists in the Eredivisie last season, per WhoScored.

Predominantly a right-winger, he is good in the air, comfortable running with the ball and a genuine goal threat from anywhere in the attacking third.

El Ghazi would be an exciting talent for Klopp to add to his squad, but interest from Lazio and Wolfsburg could prove problematic.

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