One name recently linked heavily with a move to Arsenal recently has been that of Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian goal-machine has been in great form for Standard Liege in the Jupiler League this term - and has been linked with several transfers in the past couple of weeks.
Officially Arsenal have yet to make an approach for the Belgian starlet Michy Batshuayi. Standard club representative Katrien Meire has denied anything official from the Premier League for their star player:
"Interest of Italian clubs? Some intermediaries have asked. Nobody from the Gunners has talked to us - they are just rumours."
He has previously intimated that playing at The Emirates or with Borussia Dortmund, another interested party, would be a ‘dream’ - but last week his agent confirmed nothing was currently on the cards.
His agent Jose Medina, when quizzed on whether a move to Belgian rivals Anderlecht was on the cards, and whether a release clause was in his current deal, responded:
"Oh, clause or no clause: that's not the point. Michy thinks at present only to football and is not concerned with a transfer himself.”
Well today the rumour mill has been churning. It was reported that Batshuayi, Standard and an unnamed Premier League club had agreed a £6.5 million move for the player - which would then see him loaned back to Anderlecht.
It looked like Arsenal had got their man.
Not according to Standard Liege.
They have taken the unprecedented step of releasing a press release highlighting the true and false nature of such a deal being prevalent.
- They deny the prevalence of an €8 million release clause
- They say if he was sold he would certainly not be allowed to join Anderlecht on loan.
- They will not stand in the way of his departure but will seek the best deal for the club and player.
Here is there full riposte to the recent news articles…
Can he go in this winter transfer window? FALSE.
If a club has 8 million, the Standard are not required to accept the offer! This is not because the Standard is committed to discuss an offer of at least 8 million that the Standard should accept this offer as soon as there is.
Could he be loaned to Anderlecht NO.
Indeed, since the Standard keeps hand in negotiations, the Standard may require that the player is not loaned to a Belgian club. But as the initial question in January does not arise ...
The Standard can be opposed at the outset? YES.
Michy is still under contract until June 2018. Until then the Standard may oppose a departure. But the Standard will not do: the goal is to find the best time and best club for Michy (and the Standard). The player himself has recently announced several media that he wishes to BE champion and finish top scorer with Standard Liege this season before considering a departure.
In general, the parties seeking the ideal solution for each case and this can be done in a certain serenity. Serenity that obviously does not bring some media publishing articles erroneous and without any overlap or verification information.
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