Michy Batshuayi confirms Marseille exit — Chelsea bid reportedly accepted

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After two years in the south of France, Michy Batshuayi is leaving Marseille, the Belgian national team striker confirmed in a heartfelt statement on Saturday.

Likely destination? (10th-place) Premier League side Chelsea.

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With a $44-million bid reportedly accepted earlier this week, Chelsea have gazumped Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Crystal Palace in their efforts to sign the 22-year-old scorer of 17 league goals last season (36 appearances — 23 goals in 50 appearances, all competitions).

Following Belgium’s elimination from EURO 2016, where the former Standard Liege (Belgium) goal-getter scored one goal in 21 minutes of playing time (two substitute appearances), on Friday, Batshuayi is expected to be confirmed as new Blues boss Antonio Conte‘s first summer signing on Sunday.

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The signing of Batshuayi will only further fuel the speculation regarding the future of Chelsea striker Diego Costa, whose name has been linked to a return to Atletico Madrid, or a move to China this summer. Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain this summer, but Batshuayi’s arrival would likely force Higuain to look elsewhere for a Premier League move.

TOULOUSE, FRANCE - JUNE 26: Michy Batshuayi of Belgium celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between Hungary and Belgium at Stadium Municipal on June 26, 2016 in Toulouse, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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