Batshuayi set to join Palace
Crystal Palace are set to beat a host of Europe’s top clubs to the signature of Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi after agreeing a fee of $42 million with French side Marseille.
Batshuayi, who scored in Belgium’s 4-0 win over Hungary at Euro 2016, has been told by Marseille that he is free to leave the Stade Velodrome this summer and has been the subject of bids from West Ham United and Juventus.
The Italian champions were keen to sign the striker who scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season, but it seems that have been outbid by Palace.
It is believed that the deal includes a significant bonus payment to Batshuayi’s former club Standard Liege who are due 45 per cent of any sale due to a previous clause.
Palace are also set to complete a deal for the 22-year-old striker’s Marseille teammate Steve Mandanda.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper is out of contract this summer and can leave on a free, though it is believed that Chelsea could yet try to hijack the deal.
Palace boss Alan Pardew is seemingly determined to do his business early this summer as the London club also triggered the $14 million release clause of Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend.
Now it will be up to Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez to try and convince the England winger to remain at St James’ Park.