According to Turkish media outlet Fanatik, Fenerbahce are targeting a move for Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, and Eagles fans have been quick to react on Twitter.
Fanatik report that the Super Lig club are looking to buy another two or three players before the transfer window shuts having already strengthened their squad this summer, and the Belgium international is one of the names they are keen on.
The report suggests that sporting director Damien Comolli will go to London for talks over a move, with Fenerbahce wanting a deal that would see them loan him with an option to buy.
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That could easily prove to be a tempting proposal for Palace if the money is right, given the 28-year-old only has one year remaining on his contract and has hardly been prolific of late – the centre-forward netted once in 19 appearances in all competitions last term.
Eagles supporters were quick to give their views on the exit link, and many seemed happy at the potential of the goal-shy centre-forward leaving.
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However, there were those that said they wanted a replacement first, and who can blame them given Alexander Sorloth and Connor Wickham are there only other senior options available right now – the former is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League while the latter has made 42 appearances in four years at Selhurst Park.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Genuinely a very interesting transfer it Christian wants to take it.
I assume we’d buy a striker before allowing the sale, but it’s interesting. https://t.co/EjKG78Qf1Y
— Ȼ??? (@CPFC_Cal) July 21, 2019
Didn’t they try this before asking to loan Benteke and we had to pay the wages… type of deal our board would take ???
— Jed_Die (@Jed_Die) July 21, 2019
I don’t want to sell him unless we’re guaranteed a replacement
— Ben (@BxnMatthews75) July 21, 2019
Off you trot Benteke
— Fraser McMillan (@MajorLongDong) July 21, 2019
This would be dreamland if it went through. I’d imagine the price would be fairly reasonable as getting his wages off the books would be the real incentive. Unless Roy thinks Benteke is the answer, I can easily see this happening.
— SydtheEagle (@godotsarrived) July 22, 2019
Needs to go otherwise he goes on a free next year
— ً (@adcpfc) July 21, 2019
You love to see it
— Luke Fuller (@lukefuller04) July 21, 2019
— Jonty? (@JontyCPFC) July 21, 2019