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Michy Batshuayi ‘keen’ on potential Borussia Dortmund move — report

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Since Michy Batshuayi hit the ground running at Borussia Dortmund after joining on loan back in February, there have been continuous reports of the Chelsea striker moving to the Bundesliga side on a more permanent basis. While these stories have been mostly built on speculation, as well as Dortmund's talkative CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke constantly adding fuel to the fire, Goal's Nizaar Kinsella is reporting that Batshuayi himself is now “keen” to discuss a potential move to Germany.

Up until now, the rumoured price tag of approximately £50 million could very well have been perceived as a huge stumbling block as BVB aren’t exactly known to spend that kind of silly money on players and might be reluctant to dish out that kind of a sum, especially as the German TV deals are comically low compared to the Premier League. In addition, Bundesliga clubs recently voted to once again renew their 50+1 rule which puts major financial restrictions on every team in the league.

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Despite Chelsea rejecting Dortmund's attempts to include a buy option in Batshuayi's loan contract, the striker's impressive displays have seemingly convinced the Dortmund hierarchy to go all out for him in the summer transfer window. This leads to the simple question: if Dortmund aren't actually able to pull off this kind of transfer fee would a possible reluctance of Batshuayi to return to Chelsea make the latters reconsider their initial valuation of the player?

Only the other day the Telegraph reported about how Chelsea have no intention to sell Morata and Bakayoko as long as the players don't push for a move, something that Chelsea have nearly always complied with — Nemanja Matic being the most recent example. If Batshuayi were to push for a move to Dortmund, then history would suggest that a sale is a realistic possibility, providing that BVB don’t resort to lowballing (Chelsea have had good success in collecting proper transfer fees even for want-away players).

This is certainly a situation we need to be keeping an eye on. The Batsman clearly enjoyed his (brief, injury-shortened) time at BVB, but he’s also remained as committed to Chelsea as one would expect any loanee to be (i.e. tweeting about Chelsea results and matches). In a summer that might bring plenty of change, this could be yet another big one.