Batshuayi and Lacazette update



Belgian international striker and former West Ham striker target Michy Batshuayi has confirmed he is leaving Marseille. Marseille had requested their 22-year-old top scorer from last season keep quiet until his move to Chelsea had been completely hammered out between the two clubs.

“It will be made official tomorrow, I will be leaving Olympique Marseille this summer,” Batshuayi wrote on Twitter Saturday.

Above all, I particularly want to thank all the supporters of OM. It’s a big honour for me to have worn this jersey at the Velodrome, a stadium which you have made magnificent with an atmosphere which is unique in France.

“I thank the directors of Olympique de Marseille for having confidence in me and the coaching staff who have helped me progress. Having developed for a season under coach (Marcelo) Bielsa was a privilege and I would love to achieve what he has wished for me in the remainder of my career.Thanks also to coach Franck Passi for having supported and advised me since my arrival at Marseille, and my team-mates for these two seasons.”

Batshuayi is expected to undergo a medical at Chelsea in next two days after agreeing a €40m switch to the Blues.

LacazetteIn other news, Lyon’s club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas says Alexandre Lacazette will not leave Lyon this summer.

The 25-year-old striker has been linked to West Ham, Arsenal and Juventus, but Aulus says Lacazette is not for sale after scoring 23 goals last season. “We have had a few calls, but Alexandre will stay,” Aulas told Canal+. “I think it is his desire and the coach [Bruno Genesio] counts on him.”

Lyon can afford to hang on to Lacazette after sealing a €25 million deal to send Samuel Umtiti to Barcelona.

Two names to completely cross off the striker list then.

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  • DPayet27 says:

    What’s the point of having an article to talk about 2 strikers we won’t be getting? Any update letting us know we won’t be getting Messi either? We all know Batshuayi is going to Chelsea and you’ve been going on about the Lacazette deal being dead for ages…Despite Lyon saying he’s not for sale I doubt that will deter any clubs from sending in bids and if PSG come in for 45 million next week, I’m sure a deal will go through. As far as I’m concerned he’s still a top target and that will remain until a) he joins another club b) we sign someone else or c) the transfer window closes. End of. Now please, don’t mention Lacazette again unless we’ve actually made some progress in signing him.

  • johnboy says:

    Jenson ? Go get him , we dodged a bullet I feel with these two ,
    Dragged on long enough ! If they wanted to come they would have ! They don’t and will not !
    Move on , sign Jansen he will be fantastic if we get him , can’t understand the delay ! The window is open , and it closes a bit everyday !!

  • bubs says:

    Gomez and Van Persie we could end up with the oldest attacking force in history,
    But if we are going to invest in youth in 2-3 years time they will be ready with AC if fit alright for 5 years not a bad idea having proven goal scorers,
    We have the creative players we just need the calmness in front of goal,
    Get the Palace speedster to add to what we have could be a great season,
    As long as we keep Dimitri

  • markro says:

    …and so it goes on…maybe, no way, maybe, definitely not, maybe (am I boring you yet?)

    Janssen plus one (I like the look of the rarely mentioned Berardi from Sassuolo) will do the trick.

    No thanks to the pensioner twins Van Gomes.

    No thanks to Bolasie either (he spends too much time being nearly good).

    Now’s the time to forget Tore and Hutchinson too. Bring in Meunier and put Antonio back where he belongs on the wing.

  • markro says:

    Oh…and buy Coric, for heaven’s sake!

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Agree Markro about Janssen and also Berardi had actually forgotten about him, Zaza had a bit of a mare in the penalty shootout and also looks like a player low on confidence, not to say he wouldn’t return to it if playing regularly but he is slipping further down the list each day. As for RVP he looked a declining force except when playing against us for Man U and seems like he must have really slumped to score so few goals for Fenerbahce the rumour about Bolasie leaving Palace is supposed to be true if so he is definitely worth £20m then we would have nightmare wingers in both sides of the field that really put a shift in every game, he could also be a revelation in Europe because like Antonio he is unpredictable and effective and something completely different to anything they will have experienced.

  • Max Willow says:

    I share the sentiments expressed about young Vincent Janssen; he is terrific!
    The problem is, that he is not keen to join West Ham, so why sign him if he has this sort of attitude.

  • johnboy says:

    He wants away from az to further his career , spuds tried a sneaky bid but was knocked back.
    He wants to come to the prem and he would come if only the Dave’s would go after him
    And show interest and willing !!
    Its a no brainer to me , just make them an offer they can’t refuse !.

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