Chelsea close to shock Batshuayi signing


Chelsea are close to completing a shock move for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, according to the Daily Mail.

The two clubs have agreed a fee believed to be in he region of £33million for the Belgium international, who scored with his first touch at Euro 2016.

Batshuayi has previously hinted he would turn down a move to West Ham – or most recently Crystal Palace, who had a bid accepted for him on Tuesday – because he wanted Champions League football.

That left Spurs as the only English club interested that could fulfil his criteria, but it appears he has now backtracked.

Spurs are thought to have been cautious about spending such a hefty fee on a striker who is as yet unproven in the Premier League, as while he was a success in Ligue 1 last year keeping Marseille in the division, English football is a different ball game altogether.

Batshuayi was intending to speak to the media on Wednesday as part of a press conference, but he was then pulled out of the event because of his proposed move to Stamford Bridge.


While it’s not been officially confirmed as a done deal, the player himself hinted at it on Instagram by following Chelsea’s official account, as well as a number of current and former Blues players.

This isn’t the first time Chelsea have pipped Spurs to one of their main transfer targets, as followers of Willian’s career will remember.

Willian was their standout player last season, so Spurs will be hoping they are not left kicking themselves in the same way with Batshuayi.

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