Michy Batshuayi is set to join Chelsea from Ligue 1 club Marseille according to a number of sources. Batshuayi, who is currently playing at Euro 2016, has been linked with a host of Europe’s top clubs after scoring 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season.
The 22-year-old has attracted offers from West Ham and Crystal Palace while Belgium team-mate Toby Alderweireld said that he hoped Batshuayi would join him at Tottenham next season. However, Batshuayi is expected to reject other offers and become Antonio Conte’s first signing as Chelsea manager despite the club not being able to offer European football. It is understood the former Standard Liege striker could be given special dispensation to have a Chelsea medical while in Bordeaux, where Belgium are based ahead of their quarter-final with Wales.
Reports claim Batashuayi will sign a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and join the club for a fee of £33.2m. He was due to appear at Belgium’s news conference this afternoon but was pulled out shortly after midday at the request of Marseille. He came off the bench to score in Belgium’s 4-0 last 16 victory over Hungary and this performance may have confirmed his talent to Conte.