Chelsea are considering whether or not to meet the valuation of a €40m-rated player as their chase to sign a new striker intensifies.
Towards the top of Antonio Conte’s transfer targets certainly seem to be a striker. The Italian knows that Diego Costa may leave, whilst Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao will not return to the club following their loan spells last season. Earlier this week Chelsea were heavily linked with a move for Arsenal target Alvaro Morata, but now they are being linked with a move for Tottenham target Michy Batshuayi.
According to The Mirror Chelsea are pondering making a bid worth £31million for the Belgian international. Batshuayi scored an impressive 17 league goals and made a further 9 assists in Ligue 1 last season, making him the shining light in an other poor campaign for Marseille. It seems the French club have acknowledged they need to sell the striker but are asking for their £31million valuation to be met before entering into further negotiations.
West Ham United were keen but the player wants to either join a bigger club or a club in the Champions League, according to The Mirror. Chelsea and Tottenham fit the bill and have been linked with the player, but Spurs appear unwilling to match Marseille’s valuation with a €15million deal for Dutch striker Vicent Janssen now close to completion.
There has always been a universal agreement that Batshuayi had potential, but it is only at Marseille in the most recent season where he has really shown his quality and started to deliver for all those that believed he was good enough. He is an out and out striker who uses his pace and acceleration to speed past opponents and do what he does best, finish clinically.
It could be suggested that his style is similar to Jamie Vardy, so if Arsenal fail with their bid for the 29-year-old they could pursue a move for the Belgian attacker instead. He is two-footed and uses his quick feet to beat defenders and surprise goalkeepers. He still lacks some consistency and maturity in certain scenarios but he can develop those areas as he gets older. Batshuayi’s goal ratio is similar, albeit in a worse league, but the Belgian, only 22, has scored goals at a very impressive rate of 0.67 per 90 minutes.
Chelsea appear to have a few options in terms of attacking reinforcements this summer and Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and now Batshuayi appear to be the main candidates. All three are young, but Batshuayi is probably the most raw of the trio. If Diego Costa stays at the club this summer, Batshuayi would be a perfect addition, but if he is required to replace Costa and start every week, the Belgian is unlikely to yet be at the level required to perform to a high standard in the Premier League every week. Is he worth £30million? If he fulfils his potential yes, Conte now needs to weigh up whether to invest in the risk or not.