European giants dealt transfer blow as £32.5m Liverpool striker not available for loan

Adam Lallana

Besiktas president Fikret Orman confirmed today that the club have been in talks with Liverpool over Christian Benteke but also stated that the Reds valuation could prove to be a stumbling block

“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.”

A source source close to the player told Turkish-football.com that Liverpool will only consider permanent offers for the powerful striker and will not loan him out.

Considering the Reds want £32.5 million for the Belgium international a permanent transfer deal would not be feasible for Besiktas who are under the watch of FFP.

Besiktas are in pursuit of a striker after Mario Gomez confirmed he will not be returning from Fiorentina after spending a one-year loan spell in Turkey.

The Eagles will be hoping they can argue their case to Liverpool that Benteke could end up rediscovering his form at the club just as Mario Gomez and Demba Ba have done over the past two seasons. Liverpool would be more likely to have their asking price matched for an in form Benteke.

Gomez finished last seasons as leading goal scorer, winning the league title and earned himself a place in the Germany national team setup scoring twice at Euro 2016.

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