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.
What do you think about this?