Marseille president puts hefty price-tag on striker Batshuayi amid Arsenal speculation

Marseille Velodrome

Arsenal have been linked with Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has said that potential suitors will have to cough up around €50 million [£35 million] for star striker Michy Batshuayi to prize him away from the club, according to talkSPORT.

The Belgium international striker has been in superb form this season, scoring eight goals and adding a further three assists in 12 Ligue 1 starts for Marseille.

Arsenal have long been linked with a move for the striker, with talkSPORT reporting only last month that the Gunners were lining up a January bid for him in the region of £22m.

However, Labrune has been quoted as saying by talkSPORT that it will take a lot more for the Gunners or any other top club to prize him away from the Stade Velodrome.

“There is not a single top 15 world club that is not interested in Batshuayi," talkSPORT quotes Labrune as saying.

"He is one of the most wanted players on the market. There were a lot of offers for him this summer, but he did not want to leave.

"He is proving himself on the pitch. And if clubs want him then they are going to have to pay up. Around €50m!"

Batshuayi can be described as a pacey striker with lethal finishing ability and excellent movement.

While he would no doubt be a good addition for Arsenal, some could argue that a move to the Emirates Stadium at this stage would be rather unreasoned from both sides.

Arsene Wenger has plenty of attacking options with Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck expected to be back by the New Year, and if anything Arsenal should look to strengthen other areas.

Meanwhile, Batshuayi is still relatively inexperienced at just 22 and while he may have an abundance of potential, clubs may wish to see him play at the top level before shelling out so much on his signature.

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