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Liverpool set to meet 32.5 million Christian Benteke release clause

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Liverpool look set to purchase star striker Christian Benteke from Aston Villa by activating a release clause in his contract. The Reds are about to bid £32.5 million for the Belgian powerhouse forward meaning that Villa will be unable to stop him from leaving should he want to.

Negotiations between the two clubs have been protracted and drawn out over the summer as Liverpool initially balked at the asking price. Villa, on the other hand, remained steadfast in their position that unless their 32.5 million valuation for the Belgian striker was met.

Liverpool struggled badly for goals this season after losing the prolific Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer. Mario Balotelli was very underwhelming in his first season at Anfield as was Ricky Lambert while Daniel Sturridge had a season to forget after being blighted by injury for a number of months.

Benteke joined the Villains from Belgian side Genk back in 2012 and has gone on to score 49 goals in 101 games which is very impressive in a side that have mostly struggled since. There had been lots of speculation linking the striker with Manchester United with football cynics suggesting that United simply feigned interest in order to force Liverpool into committing to a larger fee.

However, this is highly unlikely given United's current need of a top quality striker after the departures of Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao. Should Liverpool secure Benteke's services then he will join fellow new signings Danny Ings, James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne who should all more than compensate for the loss of Raheem Sterling to rivals Manchester City and kickstart a challenge for the top 4 again.

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