Newcastle Reported After £33M Former Striker Target


23 year-old Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi was a Newcastle target for a couple of years when he was still at Marseille and before he moved to the Blues last summer for a massive fee of £33M.

Newcastle were not able to pay anywhere near that amount in this crazy world of inflated transfer fees and we were relegated last summer in any case.

23 year-old Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

However he hardly played last season for Chelsea, with Italian manager Antonio Conte preferring Spanish striker Diego Costa as his lone striker up front.

When Michy did play he was able to score goals and he got a brace yesterday in Chelsea’s 5-1 hammering of a woeful Sunderland side.

Batshuayi still scored 9 goals in 27 total appearances for Chelsea last season and with regular playing time could score goals in the Premier League.

In Belgium, Nieuwsblad paper have reported that Newcastle have entered the race to sign Batshuayi, but we wonder if we can afford the £33M fee on one player?

That’s about twice the record transfer of £17M we paid for Michael Owen to Real Madrid in 2005.

French Champions Monaco are also reported to be after the striker with West Ham also credited with an interest.

Maybe Rafa could get the Belgian striker in on loan with an option to buy next summer and that would be an easier way for Newcastle to sign him.

That’s because Rafa needs to bring in a number of top players this season and has to be careful spending the transfer funds available on just a few good players.

Batshuayi looked good in the last two games of the season when he scored three goals including the one that gained Chelsea the Championship against West Brom.

Michy would be an excellent striker for Newcastle; we just wonder if we can afford the fee this summer.

If a club comes in and offers Chelsea the £33M fee they will likely demand for Michy, the Blues will likely take it, so if that happens Newcastle will not be able to get the 9 times capped Belgium International to Tyneside.

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48 comments so far

  • AncientC

    May 22, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Batshuayi is not going to cost the £33 million that Chelsea paid for him – especially as he has failed to make the grade. £20 million would surely be a closer estimate, and a generous estimate at that.

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  • G

    May 22, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t expect us to spend 30+ million on any one player. Can see our transfers being nearer the 10-15 million mark. Would be nice to be proved wrong on this one though.

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  • geordiemark

    May 22, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    if were to stay in the premire league this is what we need to do spend big on players simple as, I would agree with this player but not at 33 million Chelsea always pays well over the odds for players like man city do, I would go to 20 million and that would be it

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  • Ron Knee

    May 22, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    hibbit

    Much better now!

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  • Phil K

    May 22, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, £22 mill will get him. But he needs a supply. Also he’d need to play off someone, much like Dwight

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 22, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Re:- Batshuayi.
    Looks -in the last couple of games a decent player – but there is no way we’ll be paying £20 million + for anyone.
    Another definite no is Troy Deeney -who makes this stuff up.

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  • SPRINGY

    May 22, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Pie in the sky…..some of the players linked are just the press taking the piss.

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  • martoon

    May 22, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #8

    If we’re going to pay £30m for a player I certainly wouldn’t want it to be him! Yeah he has looked decent in the last 2 games but where has he been the rest of the season? In my humble opinion he is only worth about half that i.e. about £15m.

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  • catchy in norway

    May 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    33M ?

    SEEMS excessive

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  • TikiTakaAcca

    May 22, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Do people on here even watch football? Or do they all live in their own bubble?

    ‘He needs someone to play off of, like Gayle’.

    NONSENSE.

    If you’ve actually watched him for Chelsea and Marseille, you’d know he’s a quick and physical striker.

    He’s a bit like a right footed Sturridge.

    He’s worth 20M any day of the week, but we’re not good enough to sign him, end of.

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  • TikiTakaAcca

    May 22, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11

    People saying ‘Oh, where has he been?’

    He’s been playing behind one of the best strikers in the league in Costa who is never inured.

    Obviously he isn’t going to play.

    Lukaku didn’t play at Chelsea and look at him now…

    Pure nonsense on here all the time.

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  • magspuggy

    May 22, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #12

    30 seems a bit steep for him 20ish would be closer to the mark but with the extra sky money available we might need to pay the 30.

    Why cant we pay that for a proven goalscorer ??

    We sold sissoko for more so its within our grasp if rafa wanted him.

    The naysayers will all cry hard up and that we simply wont buy expensive talent.

    Bah humbug.

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  • Jib

    May 22, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    TikiTakaAcca

    I need some help getting out me bubble !!!!!!
    Givuss a hand young’un

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  • kilcline

    May 22, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Should be our number 1 target for me, is a goal machine and just unlucky Chelsea system is 1 up top and that will always be Costa whilst he is there.

    For me he strikers in order we should go for and excuse the spelling:
    1. Batashuayi
    2. Ihneancho
    3. Gray
    4. Wilson
    5. Sturridge

    We should try and sign Fabregas and loftus cheek too

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  • Jib

    May 22, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Acca honey
    Is this a different Costa?
    Cos this chap does get injured
    https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/diego-costa/verletzungen/spieler/44779

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 22, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Costa never injured??????

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 22, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Didn’t see Jib had also raised the Costa injury comment.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 22, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #18

    9 goals is decent for the amount of minutes he gets, even if half of them were against lower league teams. £30m would be far too much though. And I guess if he went for £20m then everyone would be after him. Everton or Southampton would probably nick him off us these days. £25m seems more accurate.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 22, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #19

    A goal every 47 minutes played in the Prem, and one every 83 in all comps this season. Pretty impressive record when not looked at as just 9 in 27 appearances. However, 4 of his 9 for the season came against Brentford, Peterborough and Bristol Rovers

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  • magspuggy

    May 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Even though its paper talk
    Its a lot better than defoe etc
    Sick of us getting linked to bargin bucket old men well past the sell by date
    If we are ganna talk sh##e

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  • Jib

    May 22, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Welcome back Lilo I was just thinking that a croc had got you
    while swimming in Lake Malawi.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 22, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib,
    No, luckily I’ve avoided contact with any crocodiles, just been very busy. Running trials in various places for our July intake, looked at nearly 5,000 male and female players aged 8 to 14 in the past month, and have narrowed in down to 46 coming for further week long trials, although we have also taken 3 immediately without extended trials due to how impressive they were.

    Also just had my traditional engagement ceremony, which was a bigger event than we associate with getting engaged back in the UK, so that took up my time as well.

    Hopefully things will start to settle down and I’ll be about on here a bit more.

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  • martoon

    May 22, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #23

    TikiTakaAcca – I watch a hell of a lot of football actually and that’s what I based my opinion on. I accept he is behind Costa but when Costa has been injured/suspended or he has played in cup matches I just haven’t thought wow there’s a £30m striker. He would be a decent signing for us but not at that price!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 22, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Batshuayi is strong and quick, and would probably do very well for us if we got him. He has the attributes to play the lone forward role well. At the £33million Chelsea paid, then I think that we are probably best off avoiding this one and spending our money more wisely elsewhere, but I doubt there will be many better available to us for the strikers role this summer. Solanke may also be worth a look from Chelsea as a younger back up player. He has linked well with Arma at youth international level, and is going to be out of contract I think after refusing an extension due to lack of game time.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 22, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #25

    I made the comment about him linking well with Arma before I get shouted at about utilising our own young players coming through!

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  • Jib

    May 22, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #26
  • JamesToon

    May 22, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the striker shortlist was as follows:
    Michy Batshuayi
    Kelechi Iheanacho
    Josh King
    Andre Gray
    Daniel Sturridge

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 22, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #28

    I am a big fan of Iheanacho, I said he was a player we should go after before he was even linked with his move to Man City. However, I’m not sure I’d be happy paying the rumoured £20million for him and having him as our main striker for next season. Iheanacho and another striker who could be first choice with Iheanacho pushing to take that spot later in the season/next year is preferable in my opinion, but if that is the case, then £20million is probably too high a price.

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  • SuperShearer

    May 22, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Now don’t shoot me here…. but is it worth tempting The Gooners with an offer for Welbeck? Injuries aside, he’s a hardworking forward who likes to drift into the channels to help his team. Rarely starts for Arsenal and has bags of Premiership experience. He could be an ideal Rafa signing.

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  • G

    May 22, 2017 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #30

    @29, Not a bad suggestion, but it depends on Wenger’s situation I suppose? Even Arsenal’s hierarchy have no idea what the score is there.

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  • north east lincs toon

    May 22, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Are we linked with Barnetta yet? Still holed up in that jesmond hotel I guess. FFS

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 22, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Please no Daniel Sturridge – decent enough player – but that crap goal dance celebration is truly awful. People would start talking about it – then Pardews gaol dance celebration would be introduced. The pro Percy Brigade would seize their chance to reminisce about their hero King “I’ll eat your dinner” Percy.
    It would be too much to handle.

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  • TikiTakaAcca

    May 22, 2017 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Costa started 35 PL games this season.

    So don’t tell me that he doesn’t get injured.

    The games he didn’t play were because he was left out for ‘whatever’ reasons.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 22, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #34

    gaol = goal – although Pardew should have been jailed for his crimes against football.

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  • Oldgit1

    May 22, 2017 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #35

    @ super shearer, a very good shout on Welbeck, only doubt he is just back from an injury. Still, I would take him.

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  • giimps

    May 22, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #36

    I just hope we start identifying these players before they become 30-40m and pay for them ,get them in our academy and build from youth, its much easier to get good players integrated into a good team if they come through the academy and u21/23 etc.
    Rafa , i think will be all over this , it makes financial sense, footballing sense and common sense all of which have been severely lacking before true footballing people started making the decisions.
    The costs for decent premier league players to slot into a defined role (especially striker) are insane , buy them young teach them and treat them well and develope our own footballer farm.
    IMHO

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  • jonnyshaw85

    May 22, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Hi all, I’ve been a reader/follower of this blog for a few years but rarely pass comment. However, I’m going to start trying and make more of an effort….

    Would anyone take a punt on Wilfried Bony? I know he never seemed to do anything for Stoke on loan this season but surely worth at least a loan from Man City next season with a view to a buy?

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  • SPRINGY

    May 22, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Jonny
    Bony seems to have gone off the boil in a big way…not sure what age he is now,a few year ago i would say yes lets get him in but not sure whats goin there…but maybe a loan would be ideal,as we will need another 2 strikers at least if we lose one we already have……enjoy the blog.

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  • lochinvar

    May 22, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I just wonder if the future lies more in investing in some up and coming striker who is hungry for glory and hungry for success rather than existing Premier League players who are over paid and stale in their attitude.
    Batashuayi may be the exception but the rarified air of Chelsea and their bling culture is different to the more purposeful and realistic world of NUFC one that the likes of Sturridge for example might also find difficult to adapt to ?
    £30m may seem to be the going rate for an established Champions League level striker and while that is our aspiration I would rather Rafa came up with £15m of raw talent with a point to prove, or two of them. And no I am not Ashley but it somehow makes more sense.
    Owen was more interested in his horses than making a name for himself at Newcastle as in his eyes he’d already got the T shirt. We need players who want that T shirt badly. Cairney could be one and some others from Spain or South America could be where we buy.

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  • cyprus

    May 22, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Lil
    Welcome back, congratulations on your engagement.

    On players,
    this guy sounds more like it, a show of intent. BUT, we aren’t spurs or another big team that can throw 30 mil at a player who may not make it. This guy is a Chelsea player, does he want to step down with us? Will he be motivated enough? Maybe, hopefully.

    I do understand this alternative: maybe that’s how we should go: 3 super-players, 75 mil, job done, budget gone, instead of 7-8 players, hoping 3 will make it.

    I think we should be looking at players who are at teams at ‘our level’, who have potential. Players coming from bigger teams, manu, Chelsea etc. have often been their rejects or not motivated or plain not good enough. We need hungry players, who’ll want to be here and who’ll fight for the cause. Then, hopefully, if we do well, they won’t be looking for greener pastures.

    Have we a wider net now, with Rafa, or is Carr et al looking at limited markets? Not that the French League doesn’t have gems. It’s been good to us (and bad).

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