Juventus and West Ham United are the only sides to have lodged formal bids for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.
The Serie A champions lodged an official offer for the player yesterday worth €32m plus €3m in bonuses, according to L’Équipe.
Juventus are hoping that their good relationship with Marseille will score them points in securing a possible deal following the confirmation that Alvaro Morata would not be remaining with them during the 2016/17 campaign.
The other side to have lodged a formal bid, about 10 days ago, is West Ham United, worth €35m plus €5m in bonuses, therefore a total of €40m. Marseille have neither accepted nor rejected either proposal.
This is because Marseille President Vincent Labrune in the accounts that he presented to the French football financial watchdog the DNCG on Wednesday, promised to sell the Belgian some time before the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign, giving him more time to play interested parties off of each other to extract a higher fee.
Marseille will have to pay 35% of what they earn from a Batshuayi deal to the player’s formal club Standard Liege.
Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur are very interested in the player.
The Champions League runners-up are a serious contender for this player. The club’s Sporting Director Andrea Berta is in direct contact with the Belgian international’s entourage to gauge interest. Berta even held a meeting with Meissa N’Diaye before EURO 2016 to present him their project.
Higuain seems to be Atleti’s main priority right now, hence no formal offer for Michy.
As for the North London side, they have been in talks with the player’s entourage for months now, with certain English sources claiming that MIchy has agreed personal terms with the striker, something that sources contacted by GFFN refused to deny.
Tottenham Sporting Director Paul Mitchell remains convinced by the player’s potential, and appears to be hell-bent on convincing Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy to go all in on the Belgian international.
But Tottenham haven’t made an offer yet to Marseille, and that could well count against them.
As for the player himself, he wants nothing to do with it until his EURO 2016 adventure is over. Although, admittedly, it has yet to really begin, with Michy racking up exactly 0 minutes on the pitch so far.