Leeds United have been linked with a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, but it’s a “non-starter” according to Mirror journalist David Anderson.
The London Evening Standard claimed that Leeds had registered an interest in signing Batshuayi.
The strongest link with Batshuayi came from Atheltic journalist Phil Hay who said that Leeds were interested.
Talking on his podcast last Friday he said, “One that’s definitely of interest is Michy Batshuayi down at Chelsea… Leeds will want to see progress in the next week or two.”
There has been progress, according to Anderson, and it’s not positive.
In an update on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning, he said, “Leeds are being linked again with Michy Batshuayi – there is an obvious connection because he played under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille – but it is a non-starter from what I understand.”
Leeds are being linked again with Michy Batshuayi – there is an obvious connection because he played under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille – but it is a non-starter from what I understand. #lufc
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) August 19, 2020
No Batshuayi, no problem
We’re not surprised by this.
HLN claimed that Batshuayi was picky about who he plays for and is settled in London.
Football.London journalist Alan Smith said “no sensible club” would sign Batshuayi on a permanent deal when he’s in the last year of his deal at Chelsea.
If Batshuayi wants to stay in London, that would make it a non-starter. And, if he is actually picky about who he plays for after flopping with Chelsea, he’s not a player we’d want at Leeds.
Leeds are said to be in talks with both and both would be cheaper and seemingly more progressive signings than Batshuayi.
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