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Crystal Palace: Fenerbahce after Christian Benteke

Crystal Palace: Fenerbahce after Christian Benteke - Crystal Palace

Fenerbahce are lining up a €6m (£5.47m) offer for Crystal Palace attacker Christian Benteke, according to reports from Turkish newspaper Fanatik (via Sport Witness).

The report suggests that sports director Damien Comolli is in talks with Palace as the Istanbul club want Benteke within their ranks next year.

The club are willing to offer €6m (£5.47m) to Crystal Palace and hope that they can get a deal done fairly quickly.

Benteke joined Palace from Liverpool for a club-record £27m, which has the potential to rise to £32.5m, according to reports from the BBC.

According to Spotrac, Benteke is currently earning wages on £120,000-a-week, and with the player only scoring four Premier League goals in his last two seasons, it is fair to say that he isn’t justifying such a large outlay.

However, with Palace’s established centre-forwards being limited to himself, Jordan Ayew, Connor Wickham and Alexander Sorloth, Benteke remains the outstanding candidate for Palace’s best centre-forward, scoring the most Premier League goals and having the most appearances.

With a striker yet to come in other than a permanent deal for Ayew, Palace simply do not have the options to sell their most experienced marksman this late on in the window without having a replacement lined up.

As suggested above, there isn’t a lot of room for Palace to play with, so the sale of Benteke should not be permitted unless the Eagles can get at least two quality forwards in, considering Ayew’s lack of potency and Wickham’s extensive injury issues in recent years.

Even though he may have done little to justify his price tag since his first season in Croydon, the options simply aren’t there right now.

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