It has looked unlikely that Michy Batshuayi will join Crystal Palace permanently from the moment his loan move from Chelsea was agreed in January and now it seems as though the Belgian international may actually have a new suitor lined up.
Having initially joined the Blues from Marseille, Michy has struggled to ever force himself into a regular place in their starting XI, with loan moves at the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Valencia preceding his current stint on the books in SE25. It is with the first of those two clubs in mind that the 25-year-old could be about to find a new and lasting home.
Whilst certain sections of the Palace support have been won over by Batshuayi’s finishing ability, the £40 million price-tag placed on him by Maurizio Sarri is presenting an inevitably huge hurdle to any hopes we may have had of tying him down for good. According to The Express, that figure is not something Dortmund are against paying and it seems as though they’re hopeful of reaching a mutually agreeable deal early on in the summer window.
I’ll admit happily that I’ve been mildly impressed with Batshuayi, for no other reason than the fact that he seems to come alive in the penalty area. As and when he’s been presented chances to score in our colours he’s mostly taken them but if we’re being honest, he’s not getting anywhere near enough balls played into his feet inside the 18-yard-box to suggest that he would be a lasting success for us.
As frustrating as it is to admit, our game is and long has been about hitting teams on the counter; a style which requires a pacey, tireless frontman with the ability to finish off the chances presented to him. Whilst that sounds straightforward on paper, finding that sort of striker in our price-range is extremely tricky, a fact which has led us towards the likes of Benteke, Wickham, Sørloth and Batshuayi as alternatives with limited success.
If Batshuayi does join Dortmund, I’d fully expect him to go and score 15 goals a season. In that league, with those teammates around him, he’s more than capable of doing it. For us, given the stylistic differences, I’m just not sure it’s a good enough fit, especially when a sum as big as £40 million is being thrown around.