Bat­shuayi set to join Palace

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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.

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