The time to strengthen and rebuild has begun at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea reportedly on the verge of signing Michy Batshuayi from Marseille.
The Blues are expected to make a £33 million deal official after the Belgian striker completes a medical with the club on Friday, after being granted special leave for the day from the national side’s training ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final with Wales.
It will mark the first signing that Chelsea make under new manager Antonio Conte, and a shrewd one at that after reports circulated a day earlier that the 22-year-old would join Crystal Palace for a £31 million fee. He has also been the radar for other sides, including West Ham and Serie A giants Juventus.
There is little wonder why there is such interest around Batshuayi’s services, however, with his potential displayed to full effect on both the domestic and international stages. His total of 78 appearances for Les Phocéens returned 33 goals, with 17 coming in 2015-16 alone, while he also found the net for Belgium in their round of 16 game against Hungary last weekend.
After their disastrous previous Premier League campaign, the Chelsea powers that be have made their intentions to sign a number of high-profile players over the summer clear – with fellow Belgian Radja Nainggolan another constant target.