Aston Villa face fight to keep Belgian ace

Christian Benteke - Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has decided to leave the club at the end of the season, with the certainty of securing a juicy transfer to a top Premier League club.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City would be interested in bidding for the 22 year-old scorer, whose purchase is estimated at £16million, according to the Daily Star.

According to the tabloid, Benteke would be keen on landing at the Emirates, as he has shown a preference for the Gunners, although Chelsea boss Roman Abramovich’s cheque book could make the striker set sail for Stamford Bridge.

The former Genk forward has decided to leave Villa Park even if his team dodge relegation, fully aware that his outstanding performance this season could give him the chance to sign the deal of his career.

Benteke has scored 14 goals in 27 appearances, something which has been crucial for the Villans’ hopes of staying in the Premier League, with the Belgian slotting 10 out of the 23 goals the squad have scored in the English top flight (43.5%).

The level shown by the hitman has attracted the attention of other European clubs such as Atletico de Madrid, as the Colchoneros prepare for Radamel Falcao’s departure at the end of the season, but for now, it appears Benteke will be staying in England.

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