The Lowdown: Forward search
Andrea Radrizzani, Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch appear to be open to the idea of bringing in a new first-team forward before the September 1 deadline.
The club clearly have money to spend after previously agreeing on a €40m deal for Charles De Ketelaere, who eventually decided to join AC Milan.
Leeds were linked with a move for another Belgian in Batshuayi earlier this month, and the Whites have once again been name-checked in a new update.
The Latest: Tavolieri’s update
Tavolieri took to Twitter on Tuesday to provide an update on Batshuayi’s future.
The reporter said he’s ‘been told’ that a move to Everton to work under Frank Lampard ‘would not suit the player’, adding that Leeds and Newcastle ‘could be other solutions until the end of the transfer window’ with Chelsea ‘leaning towards a definitive sale’.
The Verdict: Worth a gamble?
Batshuayi was described as ‘unstoppable’ back in 2017 by Pat Nevin, and he lived up to those comments last season. The 28-year-old spent the 2021/22 campaign in Turkey with Besiktas, netting 14 league goals and registering five assists in 33 games.
Would you take Batshuayi at Elland Road?
Yes, no brainer!
No, look elsewhere!
The Belgian does have plenty of experience, though, and is into the final 12 months of his Stamford Bridge contract, so you could make an argument that Leeds may be able to bring him to Yorkshire for a relatively low fee.
Batshuayi’s Transfermarkt valuation stands at just £9m, so this could well be a gamble Leeds chiefs may be open to taking in the final days of the window.
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