Arsene Wenger hasn’t guaranteed arrival of any striker during the current transfer window, but there have been speculations nonetheless. Michy Batshuayi was connected with a move to either Arsenal or their arch-rivals, Tottenham. However, it seems that the striker would choose neither and will stay at his current club, Marseille.
The 22 year old has scored 14 goals in the 25 appearances he has made this season. Due to his notable performance in the French Ligue 1, he has attracted multiple clubs for his signature.
Batshuayi was also targeted by Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, but the French club has managed to get a commitment from him.
It is reported on Marseille’s official website that the Belgium international has signed a contract keeping him at the club until 2020. The striker signed for Ligue 1 club, in 2014 from Standard Liege at a fee of £6m. It is reported by Mirror, that Batshuayi has also been given a pay rise along with his contract extension.
Marseille intends to keep him in the long run, however, if they do change their intention and sell him, the club intends to at least receive a fee of £24 million, similar to the one they received against Didier Drogba in 2004 from Chelsea.
Gunners would have to look elsewhere as Batshuayi is now off-market. They still do have a chance however to lure Mexico international, Javier Hernandez to London. The player left for Bayer Leverkusen last summer after spending a short loan spell at Real Madrid.
The 27 year old has scored 19 goals in 20 appearances he has made for Leverkusen this season. Despite a remarkable season in Germany a return to Premier League, might prove too tempting for the Mexican striker.
Another striker that has been linked with a move to Arsenal is Borussia Dortmund’s striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Bundesliga striker, with his 18 goals is the top scorer in the league. He has attracted interests from both Arsenal and his former manager, Jurgen Klopp’s club, Liverpool FC.
It is yet to be seen whether the 26 year old will stay at Dortmund or leave for either of the Premier League clubs.