Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has this afternoon revealed why the Bundesliga outfit were unable to secure an option to make Michy Batshuayi’s loan move to the club from Chelsea permanent in the summer.
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 earlier today, BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke was questioned on whether his side 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