Reliable journalist: Newcastle plot move for £30m-plus Premier League-winning ace
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United are keen on bringing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi to the club in the summer transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.
Kristof Terreur, a Belgian journalist for the newspaper HLN, claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 23-year-old Belgian international was attracting interest from clubs all over Europe and cited Newcastle are also in the hunt.
— Kristof Terreur ???? (@HLNinEngeland) May 21, 2017
Batshuayi will be always remembered as the player who won the Premier League title for Chelsea in the 2016/17 season as he scored the winning goal in a 1-0 win over West Brom to clinch the trophy.
It was the highlight of a very quiet debut season in English football as the Belgian striker has spent the majority of the campaign on the sidelines due to the fantastic form of Diego Costa.
Batshuayi, who joined for £33million from Marseille last summer, has made the majority of his 20 Premier League appearances this season as a late substitute but he has enjoyed a fantastic end to the campaign as he has scored three goals in his last two league matches.
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Newcastle are returning to the Premier League after achieving automatic promotion this season and they’ll definitely need a striker with experience in the top flight to help them survive next season.
Football Insider verdict
Rafael Benitez can attempt to lure Batshuayi to the club by promising him to start every minute. Strikers such as Dwight Gayle and Ayoze Perez do have experience playing in the Premier League but signing the Belgian international would be a massive statement for the Magpies. But with Chelsea winning the Premier League and automatically qualifying for the Champions League, it is highly unlikely that the Belgian would want to leave nor would the club allow him to depart. He has featured and played well in their final league games and Chelsea will need a big squad to compete on all fronts next season so Newcastle would need to come in with a substantially huge offer to sign the striker.
In other Newcastle news, Ian Rush has revealed what the Toon need to avoid relegation next season.