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Silly Season: Liverpool Splash the Cash on Benteke

Here are some of the latest signings and rumors from the world of soccer as Silly Season is well under way.

Liverpool has signed Christian Benteke from Aston Villa for $50 million. The 24-year-old Belgian striker was at the top of the shortlist for Liverpool as they sought to improve up front. They paid the release clause that Benteke had in his contract with Villa and landed them a healthy payday. Benteke cost Villa around $11 million when he signed from Belgian side Genk back in 2012.

He scored 49 goals in 100 games for Villa in all competitions. Benteke also has seven goals in 24 caps for the Belgian national team. Benteke is just the latest of several signings that Liverpool has made this summer, which includes Brazilian international Firmino. With Benteke’s arrival, there’s even more speculation that Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert will be leaving Anfield.

With Benteke gone, Aston Villa is on the market for a replacement. There were rumors that manager Tim Sherwood wanted to bring in Emmanuel Adebayor, a player that Sherwood had as his time as Tottenham manager, but the latest reports from Sky Sports say that Jordan Ayew is on his way to Birmingham.

The 23-year-old striker would join his older brother Andre Ayew in the Premier League as he signed with Swansea earlier in the summer. Jordan ayew scored 12 goals last season in the French Ligue 1 for FC Lorient. He also has eight goals in 28 caps for Ghana.

Sky Sports also reports that Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is heading to the Serie A and AS Roma on a loan deal. With Petr Cech arriving from Chelsea, Arsenal had three goalkeepers and Szczesny is the one leaving, for now. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told Sky Sports that he still sees a future for the Polish goalkeeper at Arsenal.

“I believe he will have a future at Arsenal. I personally rate him highly – you do not take a boy and put him in the first team at the age of 20,” said Wenger. “He already has huge experience. I don’t want that experience at such a young age to be wasted.”

The 25-year-old shot stopper from Warsaw has played 132 Premier League games for Arsenal and has 23 caps for the Polish national team.

Inter Milan has been extremely active on the transfer market this summer as they try to get back to the top of Italian soccer. The latest rumors surrounding the Nerazzurri is that they are closing in on Stevan Jovetic from Manchester City. Tuttosport reports that Inter has struck a deal with City and that they now can start negotiating with Jovetic about his contract. The 25-year-old Montenegrin striker has played in the Serie A before for Fiorentina and scored 35 goals in 116 league games before going to City in 2013. He’s represented Montenegro at 36 occasions, scoring 14 goals.

Inter finished 8th last season in the Serie A, 32 points behind winner Juventus. The team is currently on a preseason tour in China where they will play against AC Milan and Real Madrid.

Inter is also closing in on Wolfsburg’s Croatian winger Ivan Perisic according to Football Italia. The 26-year-old Croatian international is rumored to coast Inter around $22 million as the teams reportedly has agreed on a deal and now it’s up to Perisic to negotiate his personal terms.

Perisic has spent the last two years with Wolfsburg and prior to that he was at Borussia Dortmund. He was in the starting lineup for Croatia in the 2014 World Cup and has 38 caps for the Croatian national team. He also played in the 2012 European Championship.

Brentford FC has signed Danish international Lasse Vibe from IFK Gothenburg for an undisclosed fee. The 28-year-old striker won the Golden Boot last year in the Swedish Allsvenskan after scoring 23 league goals in 26 games. This season he had six goals in 16 games and he leaves IFK in a good spot as they are top of the table with 14 games remaining. Vibe has nine caps for the Danish national team.

Brentford came in 5th place last season in the Championship (English second division) and fell in the promotion playoffs against Middlesbrough 5-1 on aggregate.

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