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Rival interest from Portugal in Batshuayi

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Everton and Arsenal are believed to be the Premier League front-runners for Michy Batshuayi after the 20 year-old apparently turned a £7m move to Swansea City last month.

The Swans reportedly had a bid accepted by Standard Liege but the Belgian international favours a move to a bigger club, with the Gunners long held to be his favoured destination.

There is competition, however, from both Benfica and FC Porto for Batshuayi who is almost certain to leave Liege this summer. Everton were strongly linked with him in January and are expected to follow up their interest if they are unable to land Romelu Lukaku.

The Blues had a slight edge while he was represented by Christophe Henrotay, the representative of Kevin Mirallas and Lukaku, but Batshuayi has recently undergone a fairly acrimonious split from the agent.

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Mike Childs
646 Posted 10/06/2014 at 20:18:18
Considering the home runs that Swansea (Michu, Bony) have hit the last two years if they were interested in Batshuayi then we should be too. I have heard the man's name before but I am unfamiliar with his game. Given he's a striker which just so happens to be our biggest need he could be a huge win for us.

I guess I'll go web search him....

Peter Murray
659 Posted 10/06/2014 at 21:13:48
Looks as though he is off to FC Oporto to replace Jackson Martinez (no relation to the hallowed one I presume!).

My feeling is we should go hell bent for leather to sign Lukaku. He's already been with us, has his critics but scored some superb goals, developed his general play under Roberto's tutelage, has acknowledged this to the media on his World Cup duties and, like Ross, has his best years to come.

Okay, we can't offer the Champions League (yet) and there will be salary issues but these are just starting points for negotiations.

So get in there negotiating team and give us a summer which will inspire.

James Stewart
660 Posted 10/06/2014 at 21:46:02
Atletico Madrid are kings when it comes to picking forwards:

Torres, Aguero, Forlan, Costa.

They have just signed another one as well Angel Correa, the next Aguero.

Gaute Lie
666 Posted 10/06/2014 at 22:23:33
Never heard of him, but a check on Wikipedia shows a nice goalscoring record.
Kevin Tully
670 Posted 10/06/2014 at 22:49:39
I think we should change these ridiculous rumours into something productive.

Snack choices are an important decision for the next month, and don't forget to take the beer choice into consideration.

I'm leaning towards a Dorito / salsa dip combo complete with ice- cold Corona. Topped off with a few Grey Goose (directly out of the freezer)

Any recommendations for the next day?

Paul Johnson
674 Posted 10/06/2014 at 23:24:03
I would go for a few raspberry Duval just to keep the Belgian theme going, I am not tempted by snacks so would have to follow up with a seriously dark rum and coke. Sorry plural nine or ten. Rock and roll.. Oops pass the peanuts... Oops I meant Osman.
Ant Dwyer
681 Posted 11/06/2014 at 01:15:41
We really are desperate for an injection of goals. If Bobby decides this kid can provide them, then best we get a move on as the fee of £7m is already set. You can’t buy much in the way of forwards nowadays for this type of money so ’tick tock’ let’s get a move on.

Also, I agree with the shout of going hell bent to get Lukaku but his wages plus the offer of CL will probably be too big a gap for us to be able to bridge!

After the World Cup, there will be teams all over Rom and his value will probably soar.

Tony Abrahams
696 Posted 11/06/2014 at 07:30:12
Just do it again, Kev.
Drew Shortis
703 Posted 11/06/2014 at 08:26:33
I think Batshuayi would be an excellent addition at a sensible (€8m buyout clause) price. He has strength, pace and knows how to finish. As the highlights clip shows, he can score from range as well as in the six-yard box. He would be up against a better standard of defender here, but he has the goalscoring instinct and is still young enough to improve.

I don't think we should be intimidated by the other clubs linked to him as we can offer Premier League football! I could live with Michy, Traore, Naismith and Kone as our options for a loan forward next season. Each brings something a bit different to the table.

Iain Johnston
728 Posted 11/06/2014 at 11:27:07
Yeah Kev... Recovery...!

Then begin again, Cool doritos with a fresh sour cream dip, maybe add a slice of lime to the Corona's...? For the grey goose, chill the glass too fella...!

Kevin Tully
745 Posted 11/06/2014 at 12:30:44
Don't forget the schedule though lads - the 5:00, 8:00 and 11:00 pm kick-off's can weed out the weak amongst us. Go too hard too soon and you can find yourself snoozing in the chair by the second half of the 8:00 pm game.

Stay off the top shelf until 9:00, and try to do a little exercise by going to the fridge for your own beer. Try a half-time warm down by making a ham sarnie if you find yourself nodding off. Slag off anything red you see at the World Cup on TWeb also, that keeps the mind sharp.

Jimmy Page
756 Posted 11/06/2014 at 14:32:34
Kevin, swap the Doritos for celery sticks and get the butt you have always wanted.
Derek Knox
758 Posted 11/06/2014 at 14:44:32
We seem to have been linked with Michy, for nearly a year now, since Roberto arrived at least!

I would therefore think that, at the price being mentioned, it is almost a no-brainer, to go for him!

I appreciate that these video clips can make a player look like a world beater, but he seems to have a better first touch than Lukaku, and seems to be able to score with either feet and the odd header too!

With a bit of luck we may get him and Lukaku too!

Either way, I implicitly trust Roberto to make the right decision for us, I just hope the Board equal the fan's trust, and give Bobby the funds and the backing to get these much needed recruits to bolster our wafer thin squad!

Denis Richardson
764 Posted 11/06/2014 at 16:09:58
With the other clubs supposedly interested in him all being in the CL next season, not sure how much chance we have of landing him.

Then again, if we can really get him for less than 10m then that would be a fantastic achievement given he's only 20.

How many players are Belgium producing FFS - what do they eat there!? (Might have a nibble on them to reach the semis.)

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