If you are an Aston Villa fan you will be upset to hear that the man who scored 40% of all your goals last season has put in a transfer request.
If there was ever a time to pick when as a footballer to ask for a transfer it has to be Christian Benteke od Aston Villa with the big Belgium picking his moment with perfection by handing in his transfer request a day after much speculation in the Press that having lost out on Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint-Germain Jose Mourinho would now turn his attention to last season’s Premiership sensation Christian Benteke.
The timing could not have been better, as it is there are very few top class strikers around that are available, and you have at least four top teams in the Premiership looking for a striker, and as I already said Chelsea have lost out on Cavani and Robert Lewandowski leaving Chelsea with two people to consider Benteke or Hulk.
Andres Villas-Boas is devastated that he could not land his main target Barcelona’s David Villa preferring to stay in Spain signing for Athletico Madrid for less money than Spurs were willing to pay so that means they will now be after Benteke or a cheaper option from Valencia in the form of Roberto Soldado.
Liverpool too have been tracking the Congolese born Belgium as a replacement for Luis Suarez who it appears is on his way out of Anfield after his agent Pere Guardiola paid Brendan Rodgers and Ian Ayer a visit at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground yesterday.
Then there is Arsenal who just cannot get that deal finalized for Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain who after having a £30 million bid turned down by Liverpool for Suarez could also switch their attention to Benteke.
Even Villa manager Paul Lambert is resigned to the fact that the 22-year-old is leaving but after signing him from Genk last season for £7 million American owner Randy Lerner will see a nice profit with Benteke selling for around £20 million.