Michy Batshuayi is a reported target of ours at the moment, but we will apparently be forced to pay €50m if we want to lure him away from Olympique de Marseille, as reported by the Daily Star.
The pacy forward is one of the most promising young talents around, and is understandably being monitored by some top clubs. With ten goals in all competitions for club and country so far this season, he is certainly in excellent form. And a striker is high on our list of priorities, so Arsene Wenger may well be among those keeping tabs on the Belgian.
Marsille president Vincent Labrune is well aware of just what a gem Batshuayi is though, and has no intention of letting him go cheaply. He evidently rates him among the top strikers in world football, and has slapped a €50m (£35m) price tag on his head.
“There is not a single top 15 world club that is not interested in Batshuayi,” Labrune told La Derniere (via the Daily Star).
“He is one of the most wanted players on the market. There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he did not want to leave.
“He is proving himself on the pitch. And if clubs want him then they are going to have to pay up. Around €50m!”
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The report suggests we are plotting a January bid for the 22-year-old, which would certainly help our title push.
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have done an excellent job up front so far this season, but we could unquestionably do with more options in that department. But is Batshuayi the world class striker the fans have been calling out for?
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His age has to be taken into account, and even if he isn’t a truly world class forward at the moment, he looks to have the potential to become just that. He is fast, strong, and an excellent finisher, what else would we need from a striker?