It says a lot that perhaps the most shocking thing that happened during England’s disastrous defeat to Iceland last night, was the breaking news that Crystal Palace have had a £31m offer for Michy Batshuayi accepted.
The size of the offer from a club that almost went out of existence just a few years ago, is a sign of the changing face of English football. Even the smallest Premier League clubs are now amongst the richest in Europe and therefore major players in the transfer market.
Yet though Palace’s bid has been accepted by Marseille, persuading the player to move to Selhurst Park could prove more difficult. Reports claim that Spurs are still confident of signing the Belgium striker.
Marseille are strapped for cash and must sell Batshuayi by July 5th to avoid a transfer embargo. If Batshuayi decides to reject Palace, the French club could be forced to accept a lower offer.
With interest from the likes of Tottenham and Juventus – who can both offer Champions League football – it would be no surprise if Batshuayi decides to wait it out for an alternative offer.