The attacking department of the Fenerbahce squad needs quality additions this summer.
Reports in the British and Turkish media claim that Fenerbahce are in advanced talks to bring Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke.
The Belgium international was signed by Crystal Palace in August 2016 from Liverpool for a fee of 31.2 million euros. The 30-year-old has a valid contract with Palace until June 2021.
The striker has banged in six goals and provided one assist in 26 matches this term on all fronts.
The 30-year-old is considered to be one of the best strikers in Belgium. Benteke has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 16 goals in 39 senior appearances for the Belgium national team.
The striker’s contract at Crystal Palace is about to expire and a number of clubs are said to be monitoring his situation, with Fenerbahce showing the most concrete interest in an attempt to lure the player to their team.
By the club’s own admission, Christian Benteke is Fenerbahce’s number one transfer target.
The Fenerbahce manager has kept an eye on Benteke for the last 12 months and he is impressed with the striker’s performances.
The Turkish giants are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The Belgium international provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, “Fenerbahce are in talks with Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke. Benteke is out of contract in the summer with no sign of a new deal on the horizon. Takvim says Fenerbahce have already held positive talks with Benteke’s agent. The Turkish giants want to bolster their frontline as they look set to be pipped by Besiktas to the league title. Fenerbahce are also eyeing Porto’s Moussa Marega on a free transfer in a double deal of strikers.”
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Fenerbahce will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Christian Benteke to join the club.
Christian Benteke ideal fit for Fenerbahce?
Undoubtedly Benteke would be a fantastic recruit for Fenerbahce.
The 30-year-old has all the skillset required to be a success story at Fenerbahce. Therefore, it makes sense for Fenerbahce manager to step up his attempts to bring the Belgium striker to Super Lig side.
It will be interesting to see if Fenerbahce can beat their rivals to the striker’s signature.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.