Michy Batshuayi follows host of Chelsea players on Instagram

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It has been some week for Michy Batshuayi. It started off on Sunday with his first goal in a major tournament, where he scored with his first touch in Belgium's 4-0 thumping of Hungary. It appears as though it will finish with him joining one of Europe's biggest clubs.

The Marseille striker had been linked with West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace but Premier League juggernauts Chelsea have blown their rivals' long-standing interest out of the water with a £33million bid.

Talks appear to have moved very quickly with some outlets reporting Batshuayi will undergo a medical with Chelsea representatives on Wednesday at Belgium's Euro 2016 base. Just how Marc Wilmots feels about that, we can only guess.


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All that is left is official confirmation from the club. But has the 22-year-old already provided us with all the information we need? His activity on his official social media accounts suggests a deal is already done.

Batshuayi has not posted a picture of him in a Chelsea shirt or anything as blatant as that but eagle-eyed observers have noticed that, as of today, he started following a host of his presumptive new team-mates, as well as Chelsea's accounts.

For instance, here is his Instagram account:

And here is his Twitter account:

The transfer

It is important to realise that the fact that Chelsea have moved for Batshuayi probably means they have ended their reported interest in Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.

Everton were thought to be demanding £65m for Lukaku while Real Madrid want £60m for Morata so you can understand why Antonio Conte has gone for the budget option.

His arrival will surely set alarm bells ringing in the ears of Diego Costa, who was guilty of taking his first-choice spot under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink for granted in the last campaign.

Scout report

Batshuayi scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season and garnered nine assists. His powerful physique is well suited to the Premier League and there is every reason to suggest he can emulate his international team-mate Lukaku.

With such an athletic build, Batshuayi has regularly used his strength to hold up the ball for his teammates and his raw pace to sprint past defenders at will.

The impeccable timing of his runs and anticipation of the game regularly sees him appear in acres of space in the opponent's penalty area, leaving him with a simple tap-in and the defence baffled.

Batshuayi has also proved adept at scoring in any which way. Although officially right-footed, five of his 17 Ligue 1 goals came with his left-foot while three were headers. With a shot-to-goal conversion rate of 16.3%, he also has the efficiency to rival many established international strikers.

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