Everton are attempting to sign Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea and have learned that they will have to pay £35m for the forward, according to The Guardian.
Everton’s problems in the final third this season have been well documented.
It is true that Richarlison has been a revelation following his summer move from Watford, but the likes of Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have struggled.
The Toffees are said to be keen to sign a new striker on deadline day and according to The Guardian, are attempting to bring Batshuayi to the club.
The Belgium international is back with Chelsea having spent the first half of this season on loan in Spain with Valencia.
It would be fair to say that the 25-year-old struggled at the Mestalla, managing just one league goal during a disappointing loan spell.
Batshuayi’s Chelsea record is 19 goals in 53 appearances, which is not exactly terrific, but he did score goals on loan at Borussia Dortmund last term.
Batshuayi is certainly capable of being a success at Everton, but £35m is a lot of money for a player who has not been in good form this season.
A move for the Belgian on transfer deadline day does make sense for Everton, but the Toffees must attempt to negotiate a lower price.
According to The Guardian, West Ham United had wanted to take Batshuayi on loan, but Chelsea are keen on a permanent sale, with Everton seemingly the only serious contenders at this stage of the transfer window.
The Londoners are in a strong negotiating position though, considering that Batshuayi still has more than two years left to run on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
If the asking price stays the same then Everton should dodge a move, but anything around the £27m mark should be seriously considered by the Toffees.
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