The president of Belgian side Standard “10-0 on aggregate” Liege has revealed that Arsenal have approached them about their young striker Michy Batshuayi.
According to local publication Het Laatste Nieuws, the 20-year-old is wanted by a host of clubs with the Gunners the latest to send scouts (Gilles Grimandi and a six-pack of Hoegaarden) to watch the Brussels-born attacker.
Having already rebuffed a £3 million bid from Swansea in the summer and with Batshuayi under contract until 2017, Standard Liege say they aren’t willing to sell at the moment, although Roland Duchâtelet did confirm the contact from the Emirates.
“What is new is the interest of Arsenal in Michy, they’re one of the many clubs who follow our striker,” said the club president, although he went on to say, “We’re not willing to let Michy go this season.”
According to recent stats from Opta there are now 17,888 Belgians playing professional football in England at the moment, a figure which works out to be 76% of the male population of the country between 21-35 years old.
Arseblog News is speculating, but some kind of eugenics programme appears to have been in place in the 1980s…no wonder they fancy their chances of winning the World Cup.
Anyway, despite being an under-21 international we’ve no idea if he’s any good or if anything will come of this.