The Idrissa Gueye-to-PSG saga has rightly dominated the news cycle of late, but it appears that another Everton transfer story could be about to slip in under the radar. The Blues have been linked to Chelsea-owned Michy Batshuayi off and on this month, but for awhile it looked like the Belgian would be off to Monaco.
Monaco have since signed Gelson Martins and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, mitigating their need for any more forwards, and so, the Guardian are now reporting that Everton are confident in their ability to sign Batshuayi in the coming hours. Via Ed Aarons:
Chelsea have been searching for a permanent option for the 25-year-old and have held talks with Everton over a potential move, with the Londoners demanding more than the £33m they paid to sign him from Marseille in 2016.
Batshuayi still has more than two years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge but having already signed Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea, Marco Silva’s side are only able to pursue a permanent deal but are confident an agreement can be reached before Thursday’s deadline.
If Everton could somehow get a deal for the talented Batshuayi across the finish line tomorrow and pair that with keeping Gueye, it would be a sharp upturn in their luck and represent good progress in the fight for 7th place.
Marco Silva’s men remain pretty clearly the most talented outfit outside the top six, and a goalscorer would go a long way to proving that. Cenk Tosun has played out of his mind in his last two appearances, but Silva doesn’t seem to rate him or Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Thus, the Bat signal.