Chelsea have sensationally agreed a deal to sign Marseille and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, according to reports from L’equipe and several other media outlets.
The report suggests that Chelsea will pay £33.2million for Batshuayi’s signature who was previously linked with West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
Batshuayi rejected a chance to join Crystal Palace who had a £31.6m bid accepted by the Ligue 1 club. In the wake of Palace’s bid, Chelsea moved in quickly and sealed a transfer which is expected to be completed later today.
L’equipe understands that Batshuayi will undergo his medical at Belgium’s Euro 2016 camp before preparing for the quarter final clash against Wales on Friday.
Batshuayi scored 17 league goals last season and has been touted as one of the future stars of European football. He is deceptively quick and extremely good in the air which suits Antonio Conte’s playing style as well.
The news has also been backed by the transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, who is yet to get a prediction wrong this summer. It should by all means confirm Batshuayi’s move to Chelsea.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) June 28, 2016
Batshuayi will become Conte’s first summer signing at Chelsea but he may not be done just yet as he needs to strengthen virtually in all areas of the squad at Stamford Bridge.
What does Batshuayi’s transfer mean for Morata?
The growing consensus at Chelsea is that Diego Costa will leave this summer which would then allow Chelsea to enter the negotiation with Real Madrid to complete a move for Alvaro Morata as well.
According to The Guardian, Blues are ready to pay anything between £40-47million for Morata’s signature as Conte sees him as a vital part of his plans next season.