Christian Benteke ‘Convinced’ He Could Seal Arsenal Move
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke has admitted he would jump at the chance to join Arsenal if the Gunners came in for him this summer, but he could cost £20m
With the summer transfer window set to re-open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Christian Benteke hints at a move this summer.
Some interesting quotes coming from Christian Benteke today with the Aston Villa striker admitting he would jump at the chance to join Arsenal if the Gunners came in for him this summer, according to the Express.
The Belgian international enjoyed a sensational debut season in the Premier League, scoring 19 league goals to almost single handedly save Villa from the drop last season following his £7m move from Genk last summer.
But he has now admitted he doesn’t want to miss out on a big move and has claimed he will be the one to decide his future this summer, despite the fact he’s still got three years remaining on his current deal at Villa Park.
The Express claim Arsenal, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs showing an interest in the 22-year-old, but it’s the Gunners who seem to have caught Benteke’s eye after the striker admitted he’d be keen on a move to the Emirates Stadium if Arsene Wenger came calling.
“I hope that if I leave my club a deal can be done more quickly than the one last year,” he said.
“There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa, and I don’t think there is any need for one. If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I am convinced that we can reach a compromise where everybody comes out a winner.
“If Villa say that I have to stay put, I will find it hard to accept. I don’t want to be left with regrets about not getting the most out of my career. It’s only normal for there to be transfer rumours about me. I have done my job on the pitch. It could be risky to change clubs a year before the World Cup finals. When a situation arises, I will weigh up the pros and cons with my family, as I cannot afford to make a mistake.”
“I have asked my agent not to bother me with transfer talk while I am away on Belgium duty,” he said.
“It’s now down to him to do his job. I have known him since I was 14 years old, and I have complete confidence in him.” Benteke is quoted as saying by the Express.
The newspaper suggests Villa will demand in excess of £20m for the powerful frontman and it’s looking increasingly likely the Midlanders may struggle to keep hold of their star man this summer.
I think Benteke would be an excellent signing for Arsenal or Tottenham. He’s young, powerful, pacey and has done the business in the Premier League. If he can score 19 goals for a struggling Villa side, just imagine how many he could get with the likes of Cazorla or Bale supplying him.
But while the player is hinting at a move, the ball is still in Villa’s court as he’s tied to a contract and the club will dictate whether he’s sold or not this summer. Let’s see what happens….
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