Liverpool seeking £25m deal for strike star

Liverpool are still dead set on a move for Christian Benteke, however, they are not willing to pay over £25m for the Belgian, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Reports have claimed that a deal for the 24-year-old has been agreed, yet it’s now thought that these suggestions are wide of the mark.

But, Benteke is indeed Liverpool’s major target for the coming months, even though his £32.5m release-clause – Aston Villa’s asking price – is an issue.

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Reports claim that the Reds are desperate to lure the Villains’ star man to Anfield, but that a fee of over £25m is seen as a no-go on Merseyside.

Villa are reluctant to drop their demands, with a 15% sell-on clause a part of the deal agreed when he signed for the Midlands club in 2012 from Genk.

Should the £32.5m release clause be met, £4.8m will head to the Belgian side, while Liverpool’s potential £25m offer would mean that only £21.2m would go to Villa.