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Batshuayi’s Valencia form should make Everton think twice about diving into deal

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Batshuayi’s Valencia form should make Everton think twice about diving into deal

Michy Batshuayi is clearly a talented striker but Everton must not let their desperation for firepower obstruct the evidence of the underwhelming loan spell that has seen him become available.

Everton are among a pack of Premier League clubs chasing a deal for Chelsea outcast Michy Batshuayi this month, according to the Mirror.

The Belgian is on a season-long loan deal at Valencia but the Mirror report that it is set to be cut short as he has netted just three goals in 23 matches in all competitions so far this season.

Chelsea reportedly value the hitman at £14m and if the Toffees did want to sign him, it would have to be on a permanent basis because they already have one Stamford Bridge loanee on their books in the shape of Kurt Zouma.

£14m in the current market is good value and Everton have needed a top striker through the door at Goodison Park since Batshuayi’s international team-mate Romelu Lukaku left for Manchester United in summer 2017.

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But Everton should overlook the fact that it is Batshuayi’s poor performances that have even opened the door to them signing him at this juncture at all.

 

Valencia manager Marcelino said of the striker after his side’s 2-1 Copa del Rey loss against Sporting Gijon on Tuesday: “I’ve clearly run out of patience with certain individuals. If you can’t even get a shot in on target you are not fit to play in the Primera Liga for Valencia.”

Further, Chelsea are in search of an elite frontman of their own, but even in that climate, they are reportedly ready to sanction a cut-price deal for Batshuayi. Everton should be careful before diving into a deal.

 

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