With news gathering that Liverpool have triggered Christian Benteke’s release clause of £32.5 million, it’s worth considering how much Villa will actually receive.
If Benteke is to go (it has to be considered that recently Tim Sherwood seemed to think such an eventuality this summer seemed unlikely), then Benteke’s former club Racing Genk are reportedly privy to 15% of any profit over £8 million according to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, who to his credit has close links to Belgian players and their agents playing in England.
Terreur is a guy we’ve followed since Benteke arrived at Villa, and he is normally a rational source of information on Benteke.
So, the maths of that leave be Villa needing to pay Genk £3,675,000 of the Benteke release clause amount of £32.5 million.
However, if Benteke’s mind is made up to go and along with Liverpool, Manchester United follow-up their reported interest, then maybe Benteke’s price could go up further, thus both increasing Villa’s windfall and Genk’s payment. But unlikely, as the decision to which club gets him, would be with Benteke if release triggered.
Whatever happens, you’d expect this situation to potentially be done and dusted by the weekend either way, unless Liverpool and United enter a prolonged bidding war over the Belgian striker’s personal terms.
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