Belgian press on Tottenham target Batshuayi, risk to Marseille

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Selling Michy Batshuayi to Tottenham would be a controversial move for Marseille.

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a deal to sign Michy Batshuayi, report The Mirror.

The promising striker is rated at around £11 million, and is another highly talented Belgian striker who will hope to emulate Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku by starting in the Premier League.

Batshuayi clinched a big move from Standard Liege to Marseille a year ago, but he had an underwhelming debut season.

He was often left on the bench for the freescoring Andre-Pierre Gignac, and scored only nine times.

Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade offer their own analysis of the situation, and believe selling the striker would be risky business for Marseille.

They describe Batshuayi as 'immensely popular' with the club's fans, and cite the sale of Gignac as reason to expect the striker to have a big season in 2014/15.

Marseille let Gignac walk on a free transfer leaving Batshuayi in line for a prominent role, and Nieuwsblade report the club's supporters will not easily digest letting him depart too. 

Another sale to take in

Andre-Pierre Gignac is not the only big name to leave Marseille this summer.

Central midfielder Giannelli Imbula has left for Porto, and Dmitri Payet has signed with West Ham.

Lyon are battling to sign Nicholas NKoulou, as report ESPN, and Newcastle want to sign Florian Thauvin, report The Mail.

Marseille will sooner or later have to stand their ground, and selling Batshuayi now could be a bad move in a financial sense as well as a sporting one. They would be better off letting him flourish as the club's main striker and if pushed to sell, do so for a higher amount in 12 months time.

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