Has Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy changed his mind on Marseille's Michy Batshuayi, and why?

Daniel Levy

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Marseille forward Michy Batshuayi.

According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur want ‘£9million’ Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi to play alongside Harry Kane next season.

The report states that Spurs have been priced out of a move for Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke and touted his Belgium teammate as an alternative strike target.

Batshuayi, as the Mirror report states, was mooted as a target for Tottenham last season. However, Daniel Levy killed the rumours, telling Standard Leige owner Ronald Duchatelet that he wasn’t interested.

The 68-year-old, who is also the main shareholder of Charlton Athletic, told Le Derniere Heure last summer, as reported by Sky Sports: ‘’There’s no interest from Tottenham as far as I know.

‘’I’ve talked to the strong man of Spurs [Levy] on Thursday and he has confirmed to me that they don’t want to sign Batshuayi."

Why would Levy have changed his mind?

The 22-year-old, who eventually moved to Marseille from Standard, has had a good debut season in France and scored nine Ligue 1 goals in 900 minutes of football – just under one goal every game.

He has shown himself to be an asset both on the pitch from the start or off the bench, and has been utilised in a number of attacking positions.

The versatility of Batshuayi would certainly appeal to Mauricio Pochettino as he looks to piece together a side capable of mounting a top-four challenge in the Premier League, because he could fill a number of positions if injuries or suspensions start to mount up.

Ultimately, though, the touted £9million price tag looks too good to be true and his real valuation may be much higher.

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