Original source: TodoMercadoWeb
Published by: Metro, Daily Star
Also interested: West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United
Contract Until: 2020
According to Italian website TodoMercadoWeb, Atletico Madrid could make a shock move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke in the summer transfer window. The Belgian international lost his place in the starting Xl since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in Merseyside.
It’s also believed that West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are also monitoring the situation regarding the 25-year-old forward, with these clubs believed to have previously held an interest in him.
- It’s clear that Benteke isn’t Klopp’s favourite, but considering Daniel Sturridge’s fitness they may be forced to keep the Belgian striker. Despite little playing time this season, he is Liverpool’s third-highest goalscorer: Philippe Coutinho (10), Roberto Firmino (9), Christian Benteke (8), James Milner (7).
- It’s another question if Diego Simeone’s side would actually like to see him in their ranks, as the former Aston Villa man is contracted at Liverpool till 2020 and he certainly won’t be cheap for any side. Also, Atletico already had Jackson Martinez – who plays in a similar style, but failed to make an impact in Spanish capital and was sold in Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande in February.
- The player’s agent, Kismet Eris, insiststed that the rumours have no basis and Benteke is not thinking about a departure from Anfield.
Considering these facts, Gib Football Show concludes that the rumours claiming ‘La Liga Giants Preparing a Shock Move for Liverpool’s Second Most Expensive Signing’ are ‘mostly false’.