It’s all moved very, very quickly for Michy Batshuayi in the past few of days.
From making his Euros debut against Hungary and scoring to being on the verge to signing for Chelsea, the 22-year-old is expected to complete his €40m transfer to Stamford Bridge very soon.
However, according to La Provence, things could have gone very different for Batshuayi had Tottenham pulled their finger out when time was on their side.
The local French newspaper claim the plans to sell the player had been in place for quite a few months now, and Vincent Labrune pretty much went door to door in England to see who wanted him.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side made their interest very clear from the off, and multiplied visits to France to watch him play, as did West Ham.
Batshuayi himself was very keen on the idea of playing for Spurs, as West Ham and Crystal Palace didn’t really do it for him, and the white shirted London club had all the cards in their hands.
La Provence even go as far as saying the deal to send him to White Hart Lane was pretty much done a month and a half ago, and also included Benjamin Mendy, then a Marseille player.
But Spurs never went through with it, Benjamin Mendy went to Monaco and Chelsea turned up with €40m in hand to get a deal done.
Daniel Levy never gave up, but it just wasn’t enough.
Marseille accepted the €40m from Chelsea, Michy Batshuayi was told of this and immediately agreed to it, and the rest is/will be history.
With a medical apparently already done, it’s just down to the player’s contract now, and we can’t see that being a problem.