When it comes to chasing young talents from within the world of football, Genk has proved a profitable hunting ground previously.
The likes of Aston Villa, Chelsea and now seemingly Napoli have reaped great rewards for signing youngsters from the Belgian club for fairly moderate fees, before selling them on for significantly loftier sums.
In the early stages of the 2012/13 season, Aston Villa purchased a 21-year-old Benteke from Genk for £7m, having previously netted 18 goals in 29 appearances earlier in the same calendar year.
Benteke reached double figures for goals in each of his three seasons at Villa Park before being sold to Liverpool for £32.5m, a tidy profit of 464%.
Kevin de Bruyne
De Bruyne’s time at Chelsea is best remembered for his limited playing time, making only three appearances for the club. However, that didn’t stop the Blues making a 269% profit on their initial investment, selling him for £18m, having signed him from Genk for just £6.7m.
Obviously, De Bruyne’s stock has only risen further since his 2014 departure to Wolfsburg, with Manchester City coughing up £55m to bring him back to the Premier League 12 months ago.
The Senegalese defender had been bought by Genk from Metz in 2012 and two years later he was moving on again to Napoli for £6.5m.
Although he hasn’t left Italy yet, the 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Chelsea this summer, with speculation of a fee between £50m and £60m doing the rounds.
Thibaut Courtois is another former Genk talent and if Chelsea were to sell him this summer, they would be sure to make a considerable profit on their €9m outlay in 2011.
If any club wants to sign a player from Genk in the current transfer window who has the potential to move on again for megabucks in the near future, the most likely candidate may prove to be Onyinye Ndidi.
The teenage Nigerian central midfielder has already been targeted by Hamburg in recent weeks and stands out because of his composure in possession and his athleticism in a largely defensive role.
Ndidi featured 38 times for Genk last season and still has two years remaining on his contract.