According to a recent report from Goal, the future of Michy Batshuayi remains uncertain as the transfer deadline draws nearer. The 24-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League giants Chelsea but was shipped out on loan to Borussia Dortmund last season such was his lowly position in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, with Spanish side Sevilla reportedly leading the chase for his signature this summer.
And these recent reports should certainly be of interest to Newcastle United and indeed owner Mike Ashley, who should make a move for the supremely talented striker in a bid to try and finally appease the Magpies supporters.
Ultimately, it has been 13 long years since Newcastle splashed out £17 million to bring Michael Owen back to the Premier League after his ill-fated time at Real Madrid, which to this day remains the club’s transfer record.
And in an era of inflated prices and incredible sums of money being banded about, it is quite extraordinary to think that the Magpies haven’t exceeded that £17 million figure, with owner Ashley unsurprisingly bearing the brunt of criticism over the years.
And this summer has hardly been a big-spending one either given Rafa Benitez’s side have managed to bring in just six players so far, two of which on loan in Kenedy and Salomon Rondon, and one in Ki Sung-Yueng on a free transfer after leaving Swansea City.
Thus, frustrations remain among Newcastle fans that their side aren’t showing the sort of ambition Benitez has seemingly called for to try and take the club back to its former glories, which is why Ashley must seek to rival the likes of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and Valencia for the signature of Batshuayi.
The 24-year-old may not have commanded regular football during his short stint at Chelsea, but his goal record is actually pretty impressive given he has bagged 19 goals in 53 games for the Blues, which given his lack of starts equates to a goal every 93 minutes.
Add in the nine goals in he scored in just 14 games for Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund last time round, in another of Europe’s top leagues, and it’s clear that Batshuayi has clear pedigree in front of goal – the sort of pedigree Newcastle were desperately short of last season.
And while they have sought to combat that by bringing in West Brom’s Rondon on loan, his arrival is another that hasn’t exactly been met with genuine excitement – a move for Batshuayi would though as it finally shows ambition from the Newcastle hierarchy.
The damage between Ashley and the Magpies faithful is probably beyond repair, but he would go some way to trying to appease them were he to join and indeed win the race for Chelsea’s Batshuayi in the final few days of the transfer window.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!