By Alex Taylor
Tottenham had a deal in place to sign Michy Batshuayi from Marseille months ago, according to a report.
The report says that the striker was more interested in joining Tottenham and extensive negotiations took place with Mauricio Pochettino’s team but after months of waiting for the deal to be agreed the striker opted for a move to west London.
Spurs were reluctant to pay a combination of the £30million-plus asking price and the player’s £100,000-a-week salary demands.
A stunning deal could now be wrapped up in the next 24 hours for Batshuayi to become the first signing of new Stamford Bridge manager Antonio Conte.
Chelsea have acted with ruthless efficiency to blow Juventus and London rivals Tottenham, West Ham and Crystal Palace out of the water.
Batshuayi, who netted for Belgium in their 4-0 Euro 2016 win over Slovakia last Sunday, scored 24 goals and supplied 10 assists in 51 matches in all competitions for Marseille this season, including 17 goals and nine assists from 36 Ligue 1 encounters.
Mauricio Pochettino has been looking for a new striker after Harry Kane carried the brunt of Tottenham’s goal scoring burden last season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions.
Daniel Levy is yet to make any major additions to Pochettino’s forward line this summer and Spurs fans will be frustrated to see a key transfer target sign for a Premier League rival.
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