Crystal Palace strike Michy Batshuayi deal

Michy Batshuayi

HITC Sport understands that Marseille have accepted Crystal Palace’s offer of €38 million (£31.73m).

Michy Batshuayi

Crystal Palace have agreed a deal with Marseille over in-demand striker Michy Batshuayi, HITC Sport understands.

Marseille have been locked in talks with a number of clubs over the 22-year-old Belgian, but they were always looking for close to €40 million (£33.4m) as they owe a big sell-on fee to his former ream Standard Liege.

Palace's London rivals West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur have both come in with offers of around €30 million (£25m), but now Marseille's asking price has been met by The Eagles.

Michy Batshuayi

Palace, who are already closing in on a deal for Batshuayi's teammate, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (as reported by L'Equipe), will open talks with the striker in a bid to persuade him to make the switch to South London.

The deal would be a huge one for both clubs and would surpass Marseille's record sale figure, which was previously set when they sold Didier Drogba to Chelsea in 2004 (£24m, as reported by talkSPORT).

Michy Batshuayi

It would also treble Palace's record deal, which they set last summer when signing Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain (£10m, as reported by BBC Sport).

HITC Sport understands that West Ham have already told Marseille they will not match Palace's bid, and it remains to be seen if Tottenham would.

Michy Batshuayi

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