It doesn´t come as a big surprise that Marseille do not want to sell their 22 year-old striker Michy Batshuayi in the January transfer window and this time it´s their manager Michel – also known as Míchel Jose Miguel Gonzalez Martín del Campo – saying that.
22 year-old Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi
Michel says that the French club will not be selling this January and they are not even of thinking of trying to get a replacement in for the Belgian striker:
“You want to kill me! I don’t think about Michy leaving,” “If we’re going to sign anyone it will be an addition not a replacement.”
Newcastle have had an interest in the player all season and there was even news recently in France that we were supposed to be in negotiations with Marseille to get the player to Newcastle.
Spurs’ are also interested in a getting a good striker in this month to help them reach their goal of finishing in the top four this season -=Newcastle are trying to get a striker in so we don´t finish in the bottom three.
Tottenham are also very keen to get West Brom’s Saido Berahino to the club and Newcastle have also been linked with this player.
Michel´s statement is consistent with that of Marseille President Vincent Labrune who is thinking of ways to keep him even past this summer, as Labrune said this in Le Sport 10 in France just two weeks ago:
“If I could offer him €700K a month, I would. But that is impossible,”. “If you go in the Champions League next year, and Michy wants to stay one more season, it would be a pleasure.”
With Papiss Cisse out for three months with the groin injury, Newcastle desperately need a new striker brought in and Charlie Austin seems the obvious player who could fill the gap.
But we are not sure why the apparent resistance to sign Charlie.
In the past it´s been about money and the club wants cheaper deals and younger players – sorry – I mean good value deals.
But now with our Premier League status on the line that should now be the criteria at all, as the clubs stands to lose millions and millions if we are relegated in May.