Everton to rival Arsenal for Belgian starlet

Everton are ready to go head-to-head with Arsenal in the race for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The forward – who was linked with Swansea over the summer – has emerged as one of Belgium’s brightest talents following a host of impressive displays in the nation’s top domestic league.

Recent speculation has linked Arsenal with a big offer for the 20-year-old, but now Everton are set to rival the Londoners for the starlet.

Toffees chief Roberto Martinez is keen to bolster his squad over the winter as he plots for life after Romelu Lukaku – on loan from Chelsea – who has been in excellent for since his arrival during the last window.

Batshuayi has been compared, by some, to the burly youngster, due to his nationality and raw potential.

Standard are believed to value their man at at least £8m, a fee that the Merseyside club may be able to stretch to next month.

Batshuayi is thought to be more open to a switch to Arsenal, but a greater chance of first-team action at Goodison Park could be a deciding factor in the front-man’s eventual decision.

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