Whilst it’s widely known Borussia Dortmund always wanted an option to sign Michy Batshuayi permanently from Chelsea, and would be interested in talks again, it’s still some leap for the German club to confirm that publicly.
Bild go with a big transfer story on Saturday and state Dortmund have a plan to sign the Belgian striker, and will be making a move for him in the summer window.
They’ve even managed to get a quote from BVB’s Hans-Joachim Watzke, who told the German newspaper: “The interest to sign him is basically there. Chelsea have two strikers with Giroud and Morata anyway. But first we have to wait and see who will be Chelsea’s coach next season. Then we’ll see.”
Watzke believes that Antonio Conte staying at Chelsea, against all the odds, would increase Dortmund’s chances of being able to sign their target.
However, the fee being pushed by Bild seems way below what Chelsea would accept. It’s stated: ‘For 40 million euros. Borussia wants to buy Batshi!’
That may well be what Dortmund want, and the starting price for negotiations they’re trying to get out there, but Chelsea are experienced enough in modern transfers to know how these games work.
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero – Being backup has benefitted me
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero has suggested that he relishes his role as backup to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
During the summer, Caballero had a number of options after leaving Manchester City, but the experienced stopper decided to make the switch to the Blues to act as understudy to Courtois.
Caballero has only made 11 appearances in all competitions, but the Argentine has said that he remains highly motivated to earn a regular spot in the starting lineup.
The 36-year-old is quoted by the club’s official website: “To compete with great goalkeepers like Joe Hart, Claudio Bravo and Thibaut Courtois has made me stronger and a better goalkeeper.
“Some keepers find this position uncomfortable, but I have been working really hard to achieve the level of this kind of keeper, and I feel stronger and better today.
“If I just went to training and passed the days and weeks, this kind of easy position is not good for me. I have always fought to play and I try to do that with Thibaut every single day, and for this I have achieved a lot of good performance in the last few years.”
Caballero is expected to start when Chelsea face Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday afternoon.