Crystal Palace stun top clubs as huge bid for striker is accepted

Crystal Palace have agreed a fee £31.6 million with Marseille for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, according to a report by French source L’Equipe.

Marseille are under pressure to balance their books and deliver on the budget that they had presented to the league’s financial watchdog the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG). Therefore, Marseille are keen to sell the 22-year-old.

Batshuayi provided 17 goals and nine assists during the past Ligue 1 season for a poor Marseille team, also sparking interest from the likes of West Ham, Tottenham, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, and Juventus.

The Hammers submitted an offer worth up to a potential £33.3 million at the start of May and remain hopeful of signing him, while Juventus have also made a bid in excess of £23 million for the Belgium international, who scored his country’s second goal during Belgium’s round of 16 4-0 win against Hungary at Euro 2016.

Spurs are yet to meet Marseilles’ asking price for the former Standard Liege man and are also hesitant over his wage demands, which would make him the joint-highest earner at the club. The report does claim that Batshuayi himself still has to be convinced of a move to Palace.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are also hopeful of completing deals for France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and Newcastle’s Andros Townsend in the coming days or weeks of the transfer market.

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