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Michy Batshuayi is definitely going to be leaving Marseille this summer according to Marseille’s caretaker manager Franck Passi, who admits there is no chance the Ligue 1 side can hold onto their star striker, as reported by French outlet Le 10 Sport.
We are among a number of clubs chasing the pacy and powerful forward, with Premier League competition coming in the form of Tottenham and West Ham. Arsenal would almost certainly be an appealing prospect for the Belgian though, so all that remains to be seen is whether Arsene Wenger is serious about bringing him to the club.
Passi confirmed that the 22-year-old would be leaving Marseille this summer, suggesting that a move had already been agreed with the player – even if the destination wasn’t finalised.
“I think everyone knows he will leave,” he said.
“It is included in the specifications that Michy will leave”.
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With 22 goals and nine assists to his name this season, Batshuayi is unquestionably one of the most promising young forwards around at the moment. He seems perfectly suited to the Premier League too, and could certainly add something to our side. We arguably need more than just the young forward up front next season, but beating Tottenham and West Ham to his signing would definitely be a great start.
Danny Welbeck’s injury and subsequent nine month layoff (via the BBC) means we’re badly in need of reinforcements, and the fact we were already desperate for a top quality striker signing even before the former Manchester United man’s collision with Bacary Sagna shows just how dire the situation is now.
There aren’t a huge number of top quality strikers out there at the moment, and while Batshuayi certainly isn’t the finished article yet, he’s certainly capable of blossoming into a world class forward.
It would be really disappointing to miss out on him to Tottenham and then see him really hit the ground running, so unless Wenger has another target in mind we need to move quickly.
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His superb season is sure to push his value way up, but we no longer have the same financial constraints we once had, so if we want Batshuayi this summer then there really shouldn’t be anything standing in our way.