Christian Benteke has said he’d be open to a move to Arsenal as speculation about his future increases.
The Aston Villa striker, one of the real success stories of last season’s transfers, scored 23 goals in all competitions in England last season and after signing from Genk for £7m, Villa could make a serious profit if they decided to sell.
Their reluctance to do so, however, won’t have been aided by comments made by Benteke while away on international duty with Belgium.
Asked about his future, he said, “If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that. I do not in any way want to feel I didn’t get the most out of my career.”
“Of course playing the World Cup in Rio is in my head. But I have no fear of falling out of the team. There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa.
“If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I’m convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner.”
The player’s agent, wisely, has moved to downplay the comments, but it will be interesting to see if Arsene Wenger is willing to go after a player he admitted was on his radar last summer.
Instead, he plumped for the more established and experienced Olivier Giroud, but in the absence of any real alternative to the Frenchman the Gunners are on the look out for a striker this summer and Benteke, established now in the Premier League, is likely to be an option.