Everton submit €30m bid to sign new striker from Premier League rivals

Everton have reportedly made a formal bid worth €30m in order to acquire the signature of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea in the current transfer window. The Belgium international has recently been attracting interest from AS Monaco, who are keen on pursuing him on loan but the Toffees may have leapfrogged the Principality outfit after making a permanent offer for the marksman.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, the Toffees are said to have made an offer in the region of €30m to prise away Batshuayi, who has struggled to establish himself with the Blues. The Belgium international is currently on a season-long loan with Valencia but the Spanish outfit have already confirmed that they are expected to terminate the striker’s contract after he managed just one league goal during the first half of the campaign.
Amidst this, the Blues have been fancied to offload Batshuayi this month with manager Maurizio Sarri deeming him surplus to requirements, and the Toffees could be leading the race after making the approach to pursue the Belgian on a permanent basis. In the current campaign, Marco Silva has tried out Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the centre-forward position but neither have been hugely effective in the quest to score regularly.
As such, the pursuit of a new marksman makes perfect sense for the Toffees and their €30m offer for Batshuayi could prove a potential bargain, should Silva manage to revive the striker’s form from his time with Les Phoceens. Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson have handled the goalscoring burden for the Toffees this term with more than 50 per cent of the goals scored but Silva could certainly do with an out-and-out marksman, who can contribute alongside to enhance the club’s results.
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Author: chris darwen