Besiktas dealt blow as £32.5m Liverpool striker not available for loan

Besiktas have been dealt a blow to their transfer efforts after to sign Liverpool striker Christian Benteke on loan after a source close to the player told Emre Sarigul that the Reds only want to sell the Belgium international.

Liverpool are not interested in loaning Benteke out they want to sell him on a permanent move but will only accept offers that match their £32.5 million valuation.

Speaking at Adriano’s signing ceremony today Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed interest in Benteke but underlined that it would be a difficult transfer to complete due to the Reds asking price.

“Benteke is a great player but he has a very high market valuation,” Orman said.

“I want Benteke but Liverpool want a lot for him, it won’t be an easy transfer but we will see.”

Benteke scored a respectable 10 goals in 42 first-team appearances for Liverpool in his first season but head coach Jurgen Klopp does not have plans for him next season.

The powerful striker was only given 11 minutes of playing time for Belgium at Euro 2016 which lowered his stock further.

Liverpool have already rejected a £25m bid from Crystal Palace according to the Daily Mail and the club will not accept offers that do not match their valuation.

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