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TT Battle: Christian Benteke vs Michy Batshuayi

On the transfer front, things are shaping up to be a very interesting summer for Crystal Palace.

According to Het Laatste Nieuws (via Sport Witness), the south London club are looking to get rid of Christian Benteke and his £125,000-a-week wages, while his compatriot Michy Batshuayi also appears to be heading for the exit door.

Unwilling to pay the sort of money Chelsea are demanding for a permanent transfer, the same outlet reports that the 25-year-old is set to return to Stamford Bridge at the end of his loan spell with Roy Hodgson’s side.

Can the Eagles, though, afford to lose both of their Belgian strikers this summer?

Christian Benteke

It is not a surprise to see Crystal Palace try and push Benteke out of Selhurst Park.

Benteke’s form in front of goal has been poor for some time now with the Belgium international yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season.

In Benteke’s defence, he has missed a large chunk of the campaign due to injury.

However, prior to that, the 28-year-old was hardly pulling up any trees. Even the efficient hold-up play he used to display looks like it has suffered during this barren run he finds himself in.

That, along with the fact that he is one of the club’s highest wage earners, makes a sale in the near future probably the right call.

TT Grade: D

Michy Batshuayi

Crystal Palace wanting to sell Benteke may not be a surprise, but the Premier League outfit not doing more to keep hold of Batshuayi is.

The Chelsea loanee, who is valued at £27 million (as per Transfermarkt), looks as if he is capable of fixing this outstanding centre-forward issue Hodgson has had.

With his movement and predatory instincts in and around the box, Batshuayi has been dangerous.

Having scored just the two league goals so far, though, perhaps some may feel he should be delivering a tad more.

But arriving in the last January transfer window with no pre-season, you would still have to say the Belgium international has settled in pretty well. A bit more time, and he could go on to develop into something special at Selhurst Park.

TT Grade: B

TT Verdict:

It looks like both Benteke and Batshuayi could be leaving Crystal Palace for good.

And while now is clearly a good time for the former to be moved on, Hodgson and his bosses really should be working on a deal to keep the latter.

In the market, they will find it difficult to find a better No.9 than him – and that could spell trouble.

Crystal Palace fans, who wins this battle? Join the discussion by commenting below.


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