It is no secret that after filling the PEA-sized hole in Borussia Dortmund with great success for 2.5 months (until his current ankle injury), Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi has become one of their primary transfer targets for the summer. In fact, they have been quite open about their intentions to acquire the striker once the window opens, and are hoping that Chelsea’s two other strikers will help push Michy into their waiting arms.
“The interest to sign him is basically there. Chelsea have two strikers with Giroud and Morata anyway. But first we have to wait and see who will be Chelsea’s coach next season. Then we’ll see.”
-Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund CEO; Source: Bild via Sport Witness
They are probably also hoping that, against all odds, Antonio Conte stays at Chelsea, or that whoever comes in next will rate Batshuayi goal-poaching skills just as poorly. In either case, their interest is very clear.
What is less clear is whether they’ll be willing to pay the reported asking price of €57 million — and even that sounds a little low. According to Bild, BVB are thinking more along the lines of €40m, which in today’s market is rather laughable. With Batshuayi tied to Chelsea for three more years, Granovskaia & Co can negotiate from a position of strength.
Keep on lowballing, Dortmund. You can’t beat Chelsea at their own game!