Liverpool are preparing to make an official move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, using the funds from Raheem Sterling’s imminent sale to Manchester City to fund the move.
That’s according to reports in ESPN, who state the profit from Sterling’s sale will almost be entirely used to capture the Belgian international, who is valued at £32.5m by his current side.
Liverpool will receive a reported £49m for the services of Sterling but have to pay 20%, around £10m, to his former side QPR- which means only £6.5m of that fee would remain following the purchase of Benteke.
The 24-year-old has been pursued by Liverpool throughout the transfer window but the club were reluctant to match his asking price. However, the loss of Sterling has raised the need for a new forward- especially as Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert are both linked with a summer exit.
Villa have remained adamant that Benteke will only be sold if his hefty release-clause of £32.5m is met, which would put him amongst the biggest transfers that Liverpool have secured in their history.