SWANSEA, WALES - Sunday, May 1, 2016: Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal against Swansea City during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool want £32.5m for Christian Benteke

A year after Aston Villa demanded £32.5 million from Liverpool for Christian Benteke, the Reds now want the same fee for the Belgian forward.

That’s according to Sky Sports on Monday, who write that Liverpool want the money they spent just over 12 months ago for the 25-year-old.

Benteke trained alone at Melwood this weekend while the rest of the squad took part in two friendlies, clearly showing that Jurgen Klopp sees no future for him at Anfield.

News of Liverpool wanting £32.5 million for Benteke arrives on the same day Besiktas club president Fikret Orman confirmed their interest in him but said Liverpool “want a lot for him”.

“Benteke is a great player but he has a very high market valuation,” Orman is quoted.

“I want Benteke but Liverpool want a lot for him. It won’t be an easy transfer but we will see.”

He added: “There are several teams interested in signing him so hopefully we can reach a resolution soon.”

Crystal Palace are among the suitors for the Belgian, who scored 10 goals but looked massively unsuited to Liverpool’s style of play during his debut campaign at the club.

Last week Klopp said: “Christian already said it maybe makes sense for him to go to another club. If there are clubs that want a striker from us they have to make real offers.”

West Ham were also previously linked with a move for Benteke but Palace are desperately short of forward options and will surely stump up the money eventually.

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