At long last it appears Chelsea are making movements in the transfer window. Albeit being tipped for a busy summer, it’s taken nearly two months since the end of the season for them to dip into their funds.
The man in question proves Michy Batshuayi. Unsurprisingly, given the Blues’ catastrophic 2015-16 campaign, rebuilding their attacking arsenal will go a long way in stimulating hopes of a resurgence.
While the Stamford Bridge side have been inundated with rumours regarding countless forwards, Batshuayi proves one of the most appetising propositions. With a move on the brink of being completed, Chelsea are making a substantial statement of intent.
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Over the course of the summer, Batshuayi has been one of the most frequented names in English gossip columns. It seems there are few Premier League teams that haven’t been linked to the Belgian with West Ham proving the front runners not long ago.
However, it has been established today that Chelsea have won the race for his signature. While the deal hasn’t been wrapped up quite yet, publications such as Sky Sports are confident that the confirmation is a question of when and not if.
The transfer won’t come cheap though. The Blues are extremely keen to seal the deal and are believed to have put £33.2 million on the table for the 22-year-old.
Nonetheless, Batshuayi’s departure has long been inevitable with Marseille happy to sell on the basis of financial reasons. Chelsea still deserve credit though as they would likely have been competing with numerous clubs.
It’s the big move Chelsea have been waiting for. Their current arsenal is far from weak, but there can be little doubting that investment is a necessity after last season’s rut.
The striker position has been a particular area in need of adjustment. For the past season the Stamford Bridge side has been precariously reliant on Diego Costa to provide the goals, concerning given his strikes often arrive in fits and starts.
After all, the club has simply lacked a quality deputy for the Spaniard. Radamel Falcao, Alexandre Pato and Loic Remy proved the alternatives last campaign and mustered just three league goals between them.
In fact, all three forwards were outscored in the league by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Consequently, not only is Batshuayi’s arrival a statement of intent but also vastly overdue.
The benefits of capturing the Belgian are rich also. The 22-year-old’s age means he is yet to peak and can take great strides towards improvement under the wing of Antonio Conte. Subsequently, it would prove a long-term investment for Chelsea and not just a quick-fix as forwards like Pato were intended to be.
With 23 goals in 50 appearances for Marseille last term, Batshuayi’s goal scoring record already proves menacing. His pace and agility will also prove key in the Premier League where slaloming through flying boots is a key skill.
Besides, the recent performances of swift strikers such as Jamie Vardy and Odion Ighalo shows it isn’t all about brute force.
In addition, Batshuayi transferred his form into Euro 2016 recently where he found the net with his first touch in a rout of Hungary. It was no fluke however as during 2015, the 22-year-old scored in both his outings for the national team.
Conte will be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of a lethal and pacey strike partner for the already prolific Costa. The Stamford Bridge side’s offensive ranks should have rival sides worried and the ball is now in their court to match it. Chelsea fans rejoice.
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