Arsenal has been quoted a massive £40 million for Belgian sensation Christian Benteke. The Aston Villa hitman is in high demand after a highly impressive debut season in the Premier League and Paul Lambert will do his utmost best to keep hold of his most prized possession. The high transfer fee being his first step.
Tottenham, and Athletico Madrid have also been looking at Benteke as a possible summer arrival. There have been talks that all three clubs have held talks with the players representatives but talks between any club and Villa have not yet taken place nor will they plan any if the asking price remains at £40 million.
While Benteke is young and has proven himself in the Premier League, he has not warranted such a hefty fee. Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale all scored more league goals that Benteke last season and all cost their respective clubs less than £30 million so the Villa price tag is set far too high, although is has been set to ward off any interest.
It is certain that should the striker leave the Midlands club, they will gain profit from the £8 million they parted with last summer to bring him to the club from Genk. The Belgium international played a big part in avoiding relegation for Villa last season and with the player interesting some of Europe’s biggest clubs, it could be hard for the club to resist the player moving.
Atletico Madrid are eyeing him up as a replacement for Radamel Falcao, who left in a £50 million deal to AS Monaco while North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs are looking to reinforce their attack but could get better options for their money.
Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain have been linked to the Gunners at a price range of £20-25 million while Fernando Torres has been touted as a possible target for former club Athletico Madrid. Leandro Damiao, a long term target of Tottenham, would be a better and cheaper option than Benteke.
Although the club have slapped such a big fee on the striker, should Benteke ask for a transfer, it’s very unlikely a club will be willing to pay such a big sum and the club will be forced to accept a lower price or risk having an unhappy player at the club. Despite all that, Arsenal should be looking for top quality players and have been linked with far better strikers than Benteke.
This is the summer of change for the Gunners and they need to bring in recognized quality rather than players at the same level as their current squad. With the money Arsenal have gained, they need to spend wisely. Arsene Wenger has been doing just that ever since he joined Arsenal 17 years ago.