Porto Make Early Signing
Porto has signaled their intent for the coming season, with a big money signing in the shape of Christian Benteke. The Belgium international has moved for an estimated fee of £18 million, more than double the price Aston Villa paid for him, of £7 million. Benteke said he was relishing the chance to be playing in the Champions League, and cited the manager, Arthur Anderson, as the main reason he was persuaded to leave the Premier League. Anderson himself commented saying it was a great signing for Porto, saying that he hoped Christian would form a solid partnership with Colombian forward Jackson Martinez.
Benteke started his career at Genk, before signing his first professional contract with Standard Liege, where he stayed for 2 years, going on loan both times, having a successful time at Kortijk, scoring 15 times in 34 games as a 20 year old. This led to him re-signing for Genk, and after a great year, moving to Aston Villa. In England he scored 22 times in 37 games, and saved Villa from relagation almost single-handedly.
Villa fans thanked him for all he had done for the club, and hoped that the manager uses the money received from this transfer wisely. Fans of Porto were extremely happy with the signing, stating that they were impressed that they were able to attract a player of his quality over to this league. This seems to be only the beginning of Porto's transfer dealings, with many expecting replacements for the sold Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, although everyone agrees that this is a brilliant piece of business for all involved.