Juventus have agreement in place with Marseille for back-up plan Batshuayi?
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 30 March 2016 at 6:52pm
Over the past month or so, West Ham have been labelled favourites to sign Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, especially after reports emerged Slaven Bilic wanted to travel himself to convince him of joining the Hammers.
Expected to depart the south of France in the summer for a fee of around £27.5m, the Belgian striker topped the list of West Ham’s targets.
However, if Tuttosport are to be believed on Wednesday, they might face strong competition from another club, one who could scupper any plans they might have had to sign the young Belgian.
The Italian newspaper state that the Serie A side, who are also looking for a new striker, have put the Batshuayi dossier to one side after reaching an agreement in principle with Marseille regarding the 22-year-old.
They go even as far as saying that ‘barring any sensational second thoughts, the young striker will play with the black and white jersey next season’, before ending with ‘but he certainly isn’t the first choice’.
If that is the case, this would suggest Juventus have already tied up their backup plan in case more renowned strikers such as Edinson Cavani or Romelu Lukaku go elsewhere.
The fact Michy Batshuayi isn’t Juventus’ first option could play in West Ham’s favour, who are reportedly looking to make the young Belgian their star man up front.
Another positive for West Ham is that Tuttosport are a Turin newspaper, and ever so slightly biased to local club Juventus.