It’s amazing what a goal at an international tournament can do for a player. 22 year-old Belgian striker, Michy Batshuayi, may have had his heart in his mouth momentarily as he miscued his shot but his joy was unbridled as the Hungarian net bulged.
In doing so, he initiated a bidding war for his services. Batshuayi had already told Marseille he was leaving this summer and the French club have received a €35m bid from Italian champions Juventus and a similar offer from West Ham United.
Crystal Palace looked to have stolen a march on both clubs thanks to a conversation between the two clubs chairmen before Iceland’s shock defeat of England on Monday but two more Premier League clubs are entering the fray.
The first was Tottenham Hotspur. Keen to improve their squad after their title challenge collapsed last season, Spurs tabled a €38m bid with Marseille and seemed in pole position. With Champions League football on offer, they were the best-placed English club to make an offer for the striker.
Until Chelsea decided to top all offers so far and put €40m (£35m) on the table. Marseille are in financial straits and need €25m quickly in order to avoid a transfer embargo being placed upon them by the French league.
With a week to find the funds and Belgium likely to progress to the last four of Euro 2016, Batshuayi has been given permission from Marc Wilmots to attend a medical for the Blues. With personal terms thrashed out, Chelsea are hopeful of completing the signing this week.
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