Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Christian Benteke from Liverpool, with the Belgian striker penning a four-year deal with the club.
The Eagles have confirmed the news on their official website, stating that the deal has been done for an ‘undisclosed fee’ with the 25-year-old becoming their fourth summer signing.
According to The Guardian, the deal is likely to be worth an initial £27m with add-ons that will likely see the final fee rise over £30m.
The Belgian international arrives after Andros Townsend, James Tomkins and Steve Mandanda have already joined Alan Pardew’s side this summer, with the Palace boss under pressure to keep the club moving in the right direction after losing Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak this week.
Nevertheless, supporters will likely be delighted with the signing of Benteke, who despite struggling for Liverpool after his £32.5m move to Anfield last summer, proved his class and ability to find the back of the net with regularity during his spell with Aston Villa.
“I’m very happy to commit my future to Crystal Palace and I’m looking forward to meeting the manager, the players and the staff.
“I feel really happy that the deal has been done and now I can look forward.”
Benteke has scored 51 Premier League goals over the past four seasons, and will now be tasked with leading the Palace line this year.
Given the contrast in Jurgen Klopp’s style of play and Benteke’s qualities, it was always likely to be a struggle for him to find his best form on Merseyside.
He will likely flourish at Selhurst Park as the team’s play will be geared around him, but time will tell as to whether or not he’s a success for the club.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 20, 2016