With Chelsea now at the front of the queue to sign Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, things are speeding along in this seemingly never ending transfer saga.
Even though he’s been out at the EUROs, speculation regarding his future hasn’t slowed down in the slightest, and it’s thought that West Ham, Crystal Palace and now Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were throwing their hats into the ring to sign him.
But is the Belgian good enough to truly make an impact in the Premier League, and what could he bring to England if he does make the move from Marseille?
When Palace came in with a club record bid for the Belgian earlier in the week, some supporters and journalists became rather shocked that yet another London club had the financial power to secure his services. But with the Premier League’s TV money boosting every team’s pulling power, it wasn’t to come as that much of a surprise in the modern day transfer market.
But, it’s now thought that Chelsea are set to swoop at the last minute for the Belgian, posing the question – is he good enough to play at the very top level in England? Antonio Conte obviously thinks so, and the 22-year-old has really taken Ligue 1 by storm this season.
At such a tender age, the youngster has his whole career ahead of him and he’s expected to go on and have an extremely healthy one indeed. He scored 17 goals in the French top tier last season and will become the most expensive player ever sold by Marseille if the £33m deal goes through, beating the fee they collected for selling Didier Drogba back in 2004.
But whilst Batshuayi had a pretty decent campaign last year, he hasn’t hit ground-breaking form in the past, having one decent season a few years ago back in the Belgian League. Apart from that, there is little for Chelsea fans to get their teeth into. The Belgian domestic game can’t be compared to any of the other continental powerhouses and this might be of a slight concern for the Blues, who are taking a slight risk on a youngster who hasn’t got a fantastic goalscoring record.
With that in mind, he’s a powerful presence and despite being only being 6ft, he really carries a physical clout that could suit Chelsea’s style of play extremely well. Since they let Romelu Lukaku go a couple of years ago, they’ve seemed to miss that big, burly striker – Drogba being the ultimate example of the benefits they bring. Whilst Diego Costa performed well in his first season, his formed dipped and it’s time to test the waters with someone like Batshuayi.
He’s young, hungry, pacey and has huge potential. Don’t expect him to be in the first-team straight away, but rather expect to see him eased in at a steady pace. He could be big for Chelsea and the Premier League.