Chelsea have made their first signing of the summer transfer window with the arrival of Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from French club Marseille for a reported £33m.
The 22-year-old was part of the Belgium squad that were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Wales on Saturday and he flew into London to put pen to paper on a five-year contract.
In a statement on the club’s website, Batshuayi said he can’t wait to get started for his new club and hopes to win plenty of silverware during his time at Stamford Bridge.
“I hope I can help Chelsea win many trophies,” said the 22-year-old.
“Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have told me many good things about the club, and with Antonio Conte coming in it’s an exciting time to become a Chelsea player.
“I am delighted to sign for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and embark on the next chapter in my career. This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and my family, I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League next season.”
He moved to Marseille from Standard Liege for £4.5m in 2014 and scored 23 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions for the for the Ligue 1 side last season.
He adds much-needed depth to Chelsea’s striker options along with Diego Costa, after the club announced that on-loan duo Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato would return to Monaco and Corinthians respectively.
We have not seen much of Batshuayi at Euro 2016 but what we did see from the 22-year-old is that he has the potential to be a great striker, backed up by his 23 goals for Marseille last season.
He is a much-needed striker addition to the Blues with only Diego Costa being another striker option and I do think we will see new manager Antonio Conte add a third striker to the mix in the summer transfer window.
I don’t think he will be a starter for the Chelsea but he could rack up a few goals for Chelsea this season. He is the first arrival of the summer at Stamford Bridge and I am sure he won’t be the last.