Leeds consider £22.6m bid to sign 26-year-old, club wants to get rid of him - report
Leeds United are considering whether to bid £22.6million to sign Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea this summer, according to HLN.
The Belgian newspaper claims that Chelsea want to “get rid” of the 26-year-old and have offered him to newly-promoted Leeds, who are managed by the player’s former Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa.
It is understood that the Yorkshire club are now mulling over whether to sign Batshuayi, who is in the final year of his £108,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge.
Whether Leeds want to sign Batshuayi or not, the striker does not sound as though he would be too keen on a move to Elland Road with HLN adding that he is “picky” about which clubs he joins and loves living in London.
Chelsea signed Batshuayi from Marseille in 2016 for a reported fee of £33million and since then he has made just 77 appearances in all competitions, scored 25 goals and been sent out on loan to three different clubs.
Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace have all had the Belgium international on a temporary spell and all are cities you would expect a “picky” player to be keen on joining.
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It sounds as though Leeds will have to sell Leeds itself to Batshuayi in order to tempt him to the club this summer but the draw of playing for Bielsa again, potentially being a first-choice striker and playing for one of the most well-supported clubs in the country are bound to be advantages.
Unfortunately, Chelsea sound as though they want a lot of money for the ex-Marseille striker and his wages of over £100,000-a-week are ringing alarm bells.
We do not expect Leeds to splash out a transfer fee like that unless it’s for Ben White and we do not expect them to offer those kinds of wages to anyone.
Batshuayi could do a job for the Whites. His six goals in 13 appearances on loan at Crystal Palace last season show that he can perform for a team outside the Premier League’s top-six.
But there are likely to be players out there who can do it for Leeds and not cost the club an arm and a leg.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have set their sights on a new Premier League centre-back.