Liverpool have made their seventh signing of the summer, with the £32.5m capture of Belgian forward Christian Benteke from Aston Villa on a “long-term contract”.
The 24-year-old will have to wait to make his debut for the Reds however, with Brendan Rodgers team on a tour in the Far East. He’s set to pull on the shirt for the first time on August 1 against HJK Helsinki.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official site, Benteke was pleased to have completed the move.
“I’m very happy to be here and I would like to thank the owners, Ian [Ayre] and of course the manager for their massive effort to bring me here. I came here to win trophies. I came here to reach some great goals with the team.”
With Daniel Sturridge out until October, Liverpool’s second most expensive ever player is the probable choice up front in place of the Englishman, in a side where he is now supported by Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho. A tad better than the likes of Charles N’Zogbia.
It may have been an expensive move, but this should be money well spent for the man who scored 49 goals in 101 appearances at Villa Park.