Chelsea have beaten a host of Premier League clubs to the signing of highly coveted Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi, according to The Guardian.
The Marseille man will be granted special dispensation to leave the Belgian Euro 2016 squad ahead of Friday’s game with Wales, in order to complete a medical with the London club and put the final touches on the transfer. He’s set to sign a five-year deal.
Chelsea are to pay a bumper €40m (£33.2m) for the 22-year-old, and have acted quickly to blow the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace out of the water in the race for his signature. Palace had a €38m (£31.6m) offer accepted by Marseille president Vincent Labrune on Monday, but it had soon emerged the player had turned the offer down.
West Ham have made offers for him too this summer, though until news initially broke in France on Tuesday night it had seemed as though Tottenham were leading the way to bring the player to the Premier League. The likes of Juventus were also reported to be interested in the Belgian, but Chelsea are now set to make him their first signing of the summer.
Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is still working with Italy at Euro 2016 and will join up with the club following the tournament, and it’s reported that the Blues want to make a number of other high-profile signings before the new season begins.
Despite Batshuayi’s arrival, it’s reported that Chelsea could still continue their pursuit of Spanish forward Alvaro Morata.
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