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Arsene Wenger is apparently planning on enquiring about the availability of Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi, with the prolific forward seen as the ideal replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck, as reported by the Daily Star.
As the report suggests, Welbeck has unfortunately been ruled out for a massive nine months. He picked up a knee injury against Manchester City recently, and will now be out until early 2017.
Wenger has looked at the possibility of bringing Batshuayi to Arsenal before, but Welbeck’s injury has apparently forced his hand and convinced him to revisit a potential Batshuayi transfer.
The 22-year-old has been in fine form this season, scoring 22 goals in all competitions. His pace and power certainly makes him look an enticing prospect, although he’s certainly not going to come cheap.
The Star’s report suggests he’d cost us roughly £30m, which would be a huge amount on a relatively unproven 22-year-old currently plying his trade in Ligue 1. Hopefully Wenger is planning on signing more than one forward this summer though, with Batshuayi just the first. We need a top quality forward as well as a squad player or two, with our options this season seriously limited. The likes of Theo Walcott, Joel Campbell, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain haven’t quite cut it this season, and we need top quality additions.
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The report suggests Wenger looked to bring Batshuayi to the club in January, but ended up passing up on the opportunity with the forward signing a new deal with Marseille instead. Despite the new deal he could still move this summer though, but only if we match Marseille’s asking price.