Chelsea ponder £31m Batshuayi bid, Tottenham can show 'Power Shift'

Michy Batshuayi

Tottenham and Chelsea are both interested in Michy Batshuayi... but this time it is the White Hart Lane side who hold the cards.

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According to The Mirror, former champions Chelsea have entered the running to sign Belgian hotshot Michy Batshuayi.

The striker is one of Europe's most in demand strikers after an impressive year at Marseille, who have demonstrated over the past 12 months they will cash in on their talents at the right price, with Dimitri Payet a case in point.

Chelsea are not the only Premier League side interested in Batshuayi, with The Times reporting Tottenham Hotspur are frontrunners and are confident of doing a deal.

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The Mirror's report states Chelsea are pondering a £31 million bid for the striker, although he is merely on a shortlist of potential targets, alongside Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.

While Chelsea would love to get one over on Spurs, those days may be over - for now at least.

Last season Chelsea suffered a serious setback, finishing down in 10th place, 20 points behind Tottenham who finished third.

They are currently undergoing a moment of transition with new boss Antonio Conte taking over, while Tottenham are settled, and likely to be competing for the top places in the table once again.

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Batshuayi would help Chelsea get back to where they want to be, but this is a chance for Spurs to demonstrate a shift in power, by beating the Blues to his signature.

They can offer Champions League football while Chelsea cannot, a reversal of the situation which has played out over the last decade.

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In 2012 Chelsea's qualification for the Champions League places, by winning the trophy and costing Tottenham a place in Europe's elite competition, did more than that - it also cost them the potential signing of Eden Hazard.

Spurs now have a chance to exert their dominance and try and pull further away from Chelsea, and Batshuayi could be just the signing to help them do it.

Chelsea can of course turn their attentions to another striker, and have the funds to shrug it off and move on, but this would be a small victory for Spurs and show that they are moving in the right direction, while the Blues have to show last season was simply a blip.

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