Consider the Michy Batshuayi sweepstakes officially on! Marseille interim manager Franck Passi has given quotes to the media that confirms that the highly-coveted Belgian striker will depart the cub this summer, which puts a whole host of clubs on alert, including Tottenham Hotspur.
“Everybody knows that he will leave. It is included in the accounts that Michy will be sold this summer.
“We will accept it. We know why players leave Marseille, the financials are not so enticing, we have to accept it.”
That's the good news! But there's a lot of bad news mixed in there as well. Spurs have been linked to Batshuayi, as well as West Ham, and it's been previously stated that the striker wants to come to the Premier League. West Ham has also reportedly already made an opening bid. However, there are two new suitors in the game now as well: Juventus and Atletico Madrid, both of which have the financial wherewithal to not only meet Marseille's asking price but could start a bidding war.
It's thought now that Michy might command upwards of £35m for his services. And while Batshuayi might prefer a move to the Premier League, his club Marseille is going to sell him to whatever club coughs up the biggest amount of dough. That's unlikely to be Tottenham, unfortunately, unless they decide that he's their main target.
We all want Michy in the good part of North London, but there's a lot that needs to go right for this to happen. Right now, the odds him coming to White Hart Lane aren't looking as rosy as they did a couple of weeks ago.