UN officials declined to comment. Crystal Palace’s Premier League opener is against London rivals Arsenal on Friday.
Benteke, 31, is United’s biggest prize in the summer to improve their bottom-placed squad. The new coach is Wayne Rooney. Although his salary was not disclosed, he will be the highest-paid player in the club’s history, according to a person familiar with the contract. That’s more than Rooney’s $3.5 million deal in 2019.
Benteke fills United’s third and final slot for highly selected players. Benteke is under contract with Crystal Palace until June 2023, so United are also paying a transfer fee.
He needs a work visa before his first start with United, a process that normally takes at least two weeks.
Since moving to England in 2012, Benteke has played for Aston Villa, Liverpool and Crystal Palace for the last 6 seasons. His best season with Palace was 2016-17, when he scored 15 league goals.
He scored 10 goals in 2020-21, but just four in 11 starts (25 games) last season. All four arrived last fall.
With the Belgian national team, Benteke scored 18 goals in 45 appearances.
Benteke joins the striker as United’s latest signing of the summer transfer and business window. Miguel Berry (Columbus team) goalkeeper David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake), winger Martin Rodriguez (Altay, Turkey), attacking midfielder Ravel Morrison (Derby County, England) and defensive midfielder Victor Paulson (Schalk, Germany)
Ochoa and Paulson have yet to have their first conversation.
This is a developing story and it will get better.