English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea were in the market for a striker and have acted efficiently to capture Belgium poacher Michy Batshuayi from French club Marseille. The Blues have tipped the likes of Juventus, Crystal Palace and West Ham United in the race to sign the 22-year-old.
The reported transfer fee is believed to be around $44.25 million and incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will have a brilliant player to work with, once he joins the club. Batshuayi is having a brilliant Euro 2016 for his country and recently scored in Belgium’s 4-0 victory over Hungary, as reported by The Guardian.
Vincent Labrune, Mareille president did accept another bid of $42 million from Premier League club Crystal Palace, but Cheslea upped the bid at the correct moment to gain lead in the player’s capture. The striker’s unwillingness to move to Selhurst Park also played a major role in the Blues acquiring their target.
The man from Brussels, Belgium is expected to be given a temporary leave of absence from the Belgium squad in France to complete his medical at Stamford Bridge, thus signing a five-year deal with Chelsea. Batshuayi will be Conte’s first signing as the Blues manager and the Belgian will certainly add the much needed strength and balance in Chelsea’s attack.
Batshuayi made a total of 36 appearances for Marseille in the French Ligue 1, where he scored a total of 17 goals. He has a shot accuracy of 56% and created 27 chances for his team. He also has a pass accuracy of 75%, as reported by Squawka.com.
Chelsea are expected to make some major signings this summer to rebuild their squad with an aim of challenging for the Premier League title once again. Batshuayi is the first of those signings with as many as four high-profile names are expected to follow.
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