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Crystal Palace should offload flop striker Benteke to China and cut their losses

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Crystal Palace should offload flop striker Benteke to China and cut their losses

Christian Benteke has never lived up to his true ability at Crystal Palace and the opportunity to get him off the wage bill has come from China.

Christian Benteke has been offered a route out of Crystal Palace this summer via a move to the Chinese Super League, according to the Times.

They report that Shandong Luneng Taishan, the same club that former Manchester United midfielder and Belgian inernational team-mate Maroaune Fellaini plays for, have tabled a £15m offer for the target man.

Benteke reportedly cost Palace £32m when he signed from Liverpool back in 2016 and earns a whopping £130,000 per week but has never really been the reliable goalscorer Palace have needed.

 

And it’s tricky to see too many potential suitors for a player who is 28 and has done nothing to enhance his reputation at Selhurst Park.

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And getting £15m back in for Benteke would be decent business for Roy Hodgson, who really needs to build a Palace side completely centred around counter attacking pace and not overly reliant on a slow, inconsistent wayward target man.

If Palace are to ever get away from the lower mid table, they need to become more free-flowing and they’ve looked far better when Michy Batshuayi or even Wilfried Zaha start through the middle up front.

It just hasn’t worked out in south London for the Belgian and this a transfer deal that could suit everyone.

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