Posted on Monday, 11th February 2013 by Red Gun
However, Paul Lambert insisted any interested clubs ‘better have a few quid in their pocket’ if they wish to sign the Belgium international.
Benteke, who signed for Aston Villa in the summer from Genk for £8 million, has netted 14 goals for Lambert’s side.
But with Villa in a relegation scrap, Benteke may look to jump ship if they are condemned to the Championship at the end of the season.
Lambert is eager to keep hold of the in-from striker and has warned that any potential bidders must be willing to dig deep to prise him away from Villa Park in the summer:
‘When the guy came into Villa, people were saying to me ‘who is he and why are you going for someone from Genk?’
‘With what he’s done, he’s a cult hero already. He’s only 22 and he’s got years and years ahead of him. He’s not at his peak, but what he’s done for me and for the club is fantastic.
‘If someone wanted to buy Christian, they’d better have a few quid in their pocket.’
When asked if Benteke had doubled in value since his arrival, Lambert responded:
‘Yes, by miles.
‘He’s not just going to walk out of here for the value he came for, that’s for sure.’
Taking all this into account, should Arsenal look to bring in Benteke at the end of the season?
Personally, I don’t think we are in desperate need of a striker. Olivier Giroud has finally settled at the club, Theo Walcott is coming into his own and Lukas Podolski can also be utilized in the centre-forward role if need be.
Benteke has done well for a struggling Villa side and, in my opinion, I think he should look to move if they are indeed relegated from the Premier League this season.
But I think a lot of teams will be unwilling to pay £16 million for a relatively unproven striker, Arsenal included.
Should Arsenal monitor Benteke’s situation this summer?
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