An Anfield exit seems only too likely for Christian Benteke this summer, and Crystal Palace have seemingly refused to give up in their pursuit of the Liverpool misfit.
There are no fewer than 20 markets available on where the Belgium international will find himself come September 3rd, and What Are The Odds has laid down the law on which options seem most plausible.
The Eagles were priced at 3/1 (4.00) to recruit Benteke at the end of June, but the odds have fallen tremendously in their favour over the last few weeks, with Alan Pardew’s side now priced at 4/9 (1.44) to win him over.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appears all too willing to sell the player, too, after proclaiming it “makes no sense” for the likes of Benteke and Mario Balotelli to sit on the Anfield bench, per the Independent:
"A few things will happen I am pretty sure. I don’t know exactly what but on both sides, it makes no sense to stay in the squad and be in the squad when you don’t have a real opportunity to play. When there’s no chance to play, it makes absolutely no sense. The players are young. We will not give on loan our very young players, absolutely no chance.”
Liverpool are the next favourites to keep hold of Benteke at 3/1 (4.00), but that seems all but impossible following Klopp’s cold take on current affairs.
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That being said, both moves appear unlikely considering the striker is only 25 and did show some promise with 10 goals in 20 starts across all competitions last season.
Benteke has already represented Genk and Standard Liege in his native Belgium, but Anderlecht are also 25/1 (26.00) to land a mega coup and somehow bring the player back to his native Jupiler Pro League.
Alternatively, one could back former favourites Juventus to snatch the forward, although the Italians now look out of the race, having fallen from 5/2 (3.50) a month ago to their current status as 28/1 (29.00) long shots.
Everton are slightly closer to making a deal happen at 20/1 (21.00), but as long as Romelu Lukaku remains at Goodison Park, it’s unlikely the Toffees will splurge for another frontman, not to mention the difficulty envisioning the Reds selling to their most heated