Arsenal and Tottenham look set to miss out on the signing of Michy Batshuayi following reports the Standard Liege striker has chosen to join Marseille. Earlier this year the 20-year-old insisted he would wait to join the Gunners this summer, but now looks to have made a transfer u-turn.
According to the Daily Star, an announcement is expected from the Ligue 1 club shortly and the Belgium U21 international has already hinted on Twitter that he is poised to depart Stade Maurice Dufrasne.
"Dear tweeters, I will soon announce a new high," he posted from his official account. "Thank you for your support."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had been credited with an interest in bringing Batshuayi to the Emirates Stadium, and sent Arsenal scouts to watch the youngster in action on numerous occasions last season as he prepared an attempt to bring him to north London.
Wenger is on the lookout for striker reinforcements this summer in an attempt to ease the workload on Olivier Giroud, a player that Arsenal relied heavily on last term.
Spurs have also been mooted as admirers of the prolific marksman, who netted an impressive 21 goals for Standard Liege in 2013/14, which was by far Batshuayi's most productive campaign to date.
Roberto Soldado's disappointing debut season at White Hart Lane could force Mauricio Pochettino back into the transfer market in an aim to provide competition for Emmanuel Adebayor.
However, any hopes the Argentinian might've had of signing Batshuayi now look to have been dashed as his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa verges on a deal that will see the player follow him to Stade Vélodrome.
Batshuayi has made no secret of the fact that he was a boyhood Arsenal supporter, so if the Gunners' alleged interest is real it will be all the more surprising if he has opted for a move to France instead of the Premier League.
WORLD CUP OMISSION
A summer switch always looked to be on the cards after Batshuayi missed out on a place in Beligum boss Marc Wilmots's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
The fact the youngster has been restricted to performances in the Belgian Pro League might have proved to be his downfall when it came to the final selection, with Wilmots preferring players with more experience of higher-profile leagues.
The Premier League remains vastly superior to Ligue 1, but Marseille might provide Batshuayi with a solid stepping stone en route to one of Europe's top divisions in the future.