Leeds cool interest in Michy Batshuayi after £15m Chelsea demand

Leeds United have cooled their interest in signing Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, according to Goal.

Last week, The Telegraph reported that Batshuayi, 27, is deemed surplus to requirements in Thomas Tuchel’s squad as Leeds were keen on signing him.

However, an update by Goal claims Chelsea want £15million for the former Marseille striker and that has led to Leeds changing their minds about a possible summer swoop.

Not worth it

For £15million, Leeds United would expect to be signing a player who can slot straight into their first team as it’s about the average price of signings made since promotion to the Premier League.

Batshuayi simply wouldn’t replace Patrick Bamford in the starting line-up.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, that’s a view shared by ex-Whites goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

It’s also fairly obvious based on the fact Batshuayi struggled to start while on loan at Crystal Palace last season as he made just seven of Roy Hodgson’s starting line-ups in the Premier League.

Christian Benteke found himself ahead of Batshuayi in the Palace pecking order so you would assume that Bamford, after a 17-goal season, will also be ahead of the £15million-rated Chelsea striker.

If Leeds want another striker they should maybe focus on someone who is young and has a future in the game that can earn the odd experience and learn from Bamford and Rodrigo.

At the end of the season, we saw that Rodrigo is more than capable of getting among the goals in the Premier League while Tyler Roberts’ contract situation has been resolved.

We don’t need a striker as much as many would suggest but it wouldn’t hurt to get someone young in to add some extra cover.

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