As per a report from the Evening Standard this morning, Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund will attempt to make Michy Batshuayi’s move to the club from Chelsea permanent this summer, despite resistance on the part of the Premier League champions.
Batshuayi, a 24-year-old Belgian international striker, has been on the books at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in the summer of 2016.
However, despite the hefty 40 million Euro transfer fee splashed out on his services, along with the weighty expectations on his young shoulders, Batshuayi has since struggled for regular game-time at Stamford Bridge.
On the move
As such, when the Blues announced the arrival of Olivier Giroud at the club from London rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day two weeks ago, it was widely expected that Batshuayi would be moving on, at least temporarily.
In the end, the chain reaction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure from Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal (which in turn allowed Giroud to make the move to Stamford Bridge) saw the ‘Batsman’ replace ‘Auba’ at the Westfalenstadion on loan for the remainder of the season.
Batshuayi has since enjoyed a stellar start to life in Germany, having racked up 3 goals and an assist in his 2 Bundesliga appearances to date.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was questioned on whether his side had attempted to secure an option for the permanent purchase of Batshuayi come the end of his loan in the summer, with the German confirming as much, as well as revealing exactly why such a deal was a no-go from the off:
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke confirms: “We tried our best to get a permanent option for Michy Batshuayi, but it was a no go for Chelsea. When Roman Abramovich says ‘no’, it is a ‘no’.” #cfc pic.twitter.com/kCNXtJdx8V
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) February 12, 2018
However, as per an update since, Watzke has revealed that the board at the Westfalenstadion maintain a glimmer of hope of convincing Chelsea to part ways with Batshuayi on a permanent basis:
‘There is always a chance, although if he scores in every game, it will be difficult.’