In the January transfer window, several teams were being linked with the signature of Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. His time at loan club Valencia was coming to an end after struggling in Spain. Chelsea were, therefore, ready to let him go and a host of clubs were linked.
One such club was Everton.
As reported by Sky Sports, Everton were keen on a permanent deal for the player, holding up a potential loan move to Monaco as a consequence. However, the deal was never going to happen at the price Chelsea wanted. The Guardian stated the Blues wanted £35 million from the Toffees, which meant the transfer was never possible.
In the end, he headed to Crystal Palace. Based on his early performances with the Eagles, Everton are lucky to have missed out.
Batshuayi has struggled at Selhurst Park so far. Yesterday, against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup, he struggled against the League One side.
His touch was rusty and he should have scored when through on goal.
Everton would have been risking another expensive January flop, like Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott from 12 months previously.
Everton are lucky they did not pursue this panic buy.