Aston Villa face a major battle to hold onto their star striker Christian Benteke this summer, even if they avoid relegation.
The Belgian has had a terrific debut season in the Premier League with 14 goals in 28 appearances so far. His goals and eye catching performances have brought him to the attention of bigger clubs. Arsenal, Man City and Inter Milan are all monitoring his situation.
Villa signed the frontman for just £7m from Genk last summer and will expect to double that amount when they sell him.
Benteke has privately decided he will leave at the end of the season, but until then he will do all he can to keep Villa in the Premier League. Benteke has a good relationship with the fans and will want to leave on a high note.
He was welcomed into the side when he arrived as an unknown last summer. The fans have also remained behind the team as they’ve struggled on the pitch.
Benteke would like to score the goals to keep his side up, and then leave on the best terms to progress his career.
Overhaul of strikers at White Hart Lane
According to the Star, Tottenham are in the box seat to sign Benteke as they have already started dealing with Aston Villa. Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy knows Villa will be forced to reduce their asking price if they are relegated. He is trying to strike a deal with a set price now, which may appeal to Villa.
Tottenham are planning a major overhaul of their striking options and the Villa star is their number one target. Manager Andre Villas-Boas has lost patience with Emmanuel Adebayor and will let him leave the club. Jermaine Defoe will be the only senior striker left and he has struggled for form and fitness this season.
Benteke could be the first of two or even three new strikers at White Hart Lane next season.