Only Yesterday it was reported that Spurs were still in pole position to sign Michy Batshuayi, despite Crystal Palace having had a bid accepted, but it now looks like to Belgian is destined to join Chelsea.
Chelsea have swooped in with a £33m bid that has been accepted by Marseille. It is thought that Batshuayi – currently on Euro 2016 duty with Belgium – will have a medical in Bordeaux shortly.
It was rumoured that the striker was keen on a move to White Hart Lane, having spent the summer with Belgium’s Tottenham stars, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs were definitely keen on Batshuayi, but it seems as if the club were biding their time in making any bid, in order to take advantage of Marseille’s financial position. The French giants must sell Batshuayi by July 5th if they are to avoid being made subject to a transfer embargo.
Batshuayi has been consistently linked with a move to Tottenham for so long, that it seems fair to assume that he was Mauricio Pochettino’s top target. Once again it looks as if the club have failed a manager by failing to land the player he wants.
On the other hand, Spurs could buy AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen and Roma’s Antonio Sanabria for a combined cost that would be in the same region of the fee that Chelsea are to pay Batshuayi.
At a time when the club are building a new stadium and trying to simultaneously kick on from last season’s title challenge, are they right to exercise caution, or should they go all out for the players that Pochettino wants?