Liverpool finally conceded to the demands of Aston Villa and agreed to meet Christian Bentekea s release clause to finally land the striker.
Liverpool will pay the release clause
Aston Villa has been haggling over the price, being firm in their demands that nothing less than a A?32.5m bid, the release clause of the Belgian, will make them sell the player.
So far, the Reds had been firm in not meeting that clause but the newfound interest of Manchester United, which many believe was only a way for Aston Villa to ensure Liverpool spend the entire sum of the player, has ensured that Liverpool do the same. From The Times to the Liverpool ECHO, everyone has confirmed Liverpool are going to pay release clause for the player.
Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph reported: Liverpool will meet Christian Bentekea s A?32.5million Aston Villa exit clause as they close in on the signing of their number one summer transfer target. After weeks of negotiations with Villa a when the Merseyside club initially refused to match the stipulated asking price a there has been a change of mood at Anfield over the last 24 hours and a bid will now be submitted.
Liverpool owners understood that Villa were not ready to haggle and Brendan Rodgers wants the player to come in before the season starts and began practicing with his new teammates. In order to that, the release clause must be met and FSG are doing the same.
Shows Rodgers is completely backed by the owners
The Reds had a goalscoring crisis throughout last season and the injury of Sturridge and the other strikers not working ensured that Rodgers put the addition of a striker on top of his list. He identified Aston Villaa s Chrisitan Benteke as the player he wanted to bring in.
The reports add that the fact that FSG is willing to pay such a sum for Rodgers number one target, and make him the second most expensive signing ever, proves that theya ve backed him thoroughly.
The signings of Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke are said to have Brendan Rodgers approval all over them and there is no excuse for the Northern Irishman who desperately needs success this season.