Less than three weeks after setting foot in Germany, Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has already become an instant hero at Borussia Dortmund. Scoring five goals in three games (plus an assist for good measure) will always generate a fair bit of hype, but it feels like Michy has become a fan favorite even faster than anyone could’ve imagined.
So when Michy’s personality, his situation at Chelsea, the lack of a buy-option, and an Aubameyang-sized transfer kitty (€64m) burning a hole in BVB’s pockets all get factored in, the wholly unsurprising transfer rumors were never going to be far behind.
Wording: "According to BILD information, the bosses are said to think about a fix signing [of Batshuayi] and are willing to invest the €64m earned for Aubameyang in his successor".— German Football Daily (@GERFootDaily) February 17, 2018
Then again, €64 million these days is hardly as outrageous of a sum as it may have been just last year, especially if Michy continues to score at a breakneck pace.
One potentially (very!) intriguing wrinkle would be for Chelsea to use BVB’s interest in Batshuayi to leverage our own interest in Christian Pulisic, whom we have followed “closely over the past year” and are “keen” to move for this summer. That’s per the Mail’s Simon Jones, so not exactly top tier sourcing, but still something to keep in mind as we get closer to the end of season transfer madness. Pulisic’s contract expires in two years, which makes this upcoming summer a crucial time for his future. (ed.note: be still my beating heart!)
DAILYMAIL— Chelsea FC RSS Feeds (@CFCrss) February 17, 2018
Chelsea could use Batshuayi to sign Christian Pulisic
Chelsea’s interest in Pulisic may only be something understood (and hoped for), but BVB’s interest in Michy is quite clear. Their CEO recently revealed that they wanted to include a buy-option in the loan contract, but Abramovich said ‘no’. Not much arguing against that, but perhaps a few Pulisic highlight videos (not to mention the millions on offer) will change the Chelsea owner’s mind.
“It was not possible to get a purchase option because when Roman Abramovich says ‘no’, he means ‘no’. [But] there is always a chance.”
-Hans-Joachim Watzke; source: Sky Deutschland via Inside Futbol
As it has been lamented a few times since 2012, Chelsea have not made a habit of signing too many Eden Hazards since signing Eden Hazard himself. Pulisic’s talent may be less, it may be more than Eden’s, but like Eden six years ago, he will be one of the biggest names in the market this summer. Chelsea need to be a factor in that sweepstakes — even if it takes a Michy to grease the wheels of a potential transfer.
Just do it.