Michy Batshuayi has finally made the move from Marseille to Chelsea, after he announced last night that he would depart the club, the Stamford Bridge outfit have confirmed. The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal in London and joins for an undisclosed fee.
Crystal Palace had reportedly had a £31.6 million bid accepted for Batshuayi on Monday, while West Ham United and Juventus were also said to have registered serious interest in signing him this summer. Nonetheless, in the dying hours the Blues swooped in to steal a march on their London rivals – a notion that will surely make his capture an even richer feeling for the club’s supporters.
The Marseille striker follows in the footsteps of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as a centre-forward moving to Stamford Bridge from Marseille, and becomes the third Belgian in the squad, joining international team-mates Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois.
The highly coveted centre-forward moves to Stamford Bridge having developed a reputation as a powerful finisher throughout his time in both France and Belgium. He will make a very capable strike partner for Diego Costa thanks to his impressive link up play, aerial prowess and ability to beat opposing defenders with his quick feet.
He scored 23 goals last season as well as providing 10 assists, statistics made all the more impressive considering he was playing in a team which finished 13th in Ligue 1. Furthermore, he found the back of the net in Belgium’s last-16 win over Hungary at Euro 2016 and also came on in their quarter-final exit to Wales.
“I am delighted to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and embark on the next chapter in my career. I hope I can help Chelsea win many trophies during my time at Stamford Bridge,” he told the club’s official website.
“Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told me many good things about the club, and with Antonio Conte coming in it’s an exciting time to become a Chelsea player. This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family, I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League next season.”
Here is how Twitter reacted to Batshuayi’s arrival at Stamford Bridge:
Some rated his chances of being a success at Chelsea…
Batshuayi will be Belgium's first choice striker by end of season after he's banged in 20 goals to help us to a league and FA Cup double
— Sam (@SamTheHokage) July 3, 2016
Watched some Batshuayi welcome to Stamford Bridge videos, fair to say he's gonna score 30 goals this season
— hamza of the family bham (@hamza_bham) July 3, 2016
However, a number were evidently unconvinced by the Belgian international’s credentials…
Batshuayi? A season or two before going on loan with WBA.o
— shaufij sufijan (@ShaufySufyan) July 3, 2016
— Chris Stoker (@stoker__) July 3, 2016
Batshuayi is a great signing for Chelsea.*
* I totally knew who he was a month ago + have seen him play beyond Euros.**
** No, I haven't.
— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) July 3, 2016
It wasn’t long before the comparisons with Manchester United’s big summer signing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, were being made…
Michy Batshuayi will score more goals than Zlatan Ibrahimovic next season, remember this.
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) June 30, 2016
There were statistics thrown into the mix…
Michy Batshuayi scored more league goals (17) last season than D. Costa, L. Remy, A. Pato & R. Falcao combined (15). https://t.co/FOloOYKMEH
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 3, 2016
Michy Batshuayi was involved in 54.1% of Marseille's 48 goals in Ligue 1 last season – 17 goals & 9 assists.
— Junior Benson (@jerrybensonjun1) July 3, 2016
Most importantly, the player himself was delighted to have made the move…
Thank youuuu ? it feels good to be here (my english is bad .. sorry ??) https://t.co/Jmk8eSWcE2
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) July 3, 2016
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