Michy Batshuayi Joins Borussia Dortmund On Loan


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The transfer dominoes continue to fall.

When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completed his move to Arsenal, everyone were expecting to see what Borussia Dortmund would do, since they roughly had one day to find a suitable replacement. And while Olivier Giroud emerged as an alternative, in the end they ended signing another Premier League striker on loan: Michy Batshuayi.

The 24-year-old Belgian forward joined Chelsea following an impressive stint with Olympique Marseille before the start of the 2016-17 season, but he could not thrive and was forced to settle for a secondary role. And with The Blues trying to secure a Champions League berth, Giroud makes far more sense due to his experience at the EPL level.

However, the move could be even better for Batshuayi. Dortmund needed to replace Aubameyang, so the Belgian will likely become a starter from day one, and his presence could also allow him a spot on the 23-man squad for Belgium in the upcoming World Cup. A good performance for Dortmund could secure him the backup striker role behind Romelu Lukaku.

It seems all parties can feel happy after this deal was completed. Dortmund replaced Aubameyang with another prolific starter, Batshuayi will get the playing time he deserves, and Chelsea cleared enough space to make a move for Giroud on the deadline day.