Report explains why Tottenham backed off Batshuayi, and why he wasn't convinced

Michy Batshuayi

Neither Michy Batshuayi or Tottenham Hotspur were convinced over the move, with the Belgian Chelsea bound instead.

Michy BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi is close to completing a move to Chelsea, SkySports report, with the deal expected to be completed today (Friday).

Tottenham Hotspur had been the front runners to sign him, with The Times reporting earlier this month they were 'confident' over a deal. So what went wrong?

Belgium's Michy Batshuayi celebrates after scoring their second goalBelgium's Michy Batshuayi celebrates after scoring their second goal

A fresh report in The Times claims Batshuayi's wage demands of £100,000 per week were the critical factor in Tottenham wavering over a deal.

While Chelsea have met the figure the striker was earning, Tottenham knew that offering that type of money to Batsuayi would skew the wage structure at the club, and spark several players asking for improved deals. 

The paper claim first choice striker Harry Kane earns less than half that amount currently, at £45,000 per week, with the club's top earners on £80,000.

England's Harry Kane looks dejectedEngland's Harry Kane looks dejected

Kane also was a factor in Batshuayi himself being hesitant over moving to Tottenham. He was said to be worried over his opportunities to start regularly.

Reading between the lines, his wage demands could have been his way of seeing if Tottenham were willing to make him a regular starter, as it would make little sense for the club's highest earner to be spending a lot of time on the bench.

Tottenham's Eric Dier and Chelsea's Diego Costa in actionTottenham's Eric Dier and Chelsea's Diego Costa in action

Chelsea's strike options are more uncertain. Diego Costa is established, but he is not considered the type of long term striker who will still be leading the line for them in five years time like Kane is likely to be at Chelsea.

Beyond Costa, who did not play well enough last season to justify being made an essential starter, it is only Loic Remy as competition, who is likely to exit this summer.

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