Abramovich stopped Batshuayi's permanent Chelsea exit

By: Aveek Chakraborty
Mich Batshuayi

Bengaluru, February 13: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed they wanted to sign Michy Batshuayi permanently, but, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich stopped the deal from happening.

Olivier Giroud, Batshuayi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were involved in a three-way transfer among Chelsea, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.

Aubameyang forced out a move from Dortmund to Arsenal while Arsenal star Giroud went on to sign for arch-rival Chelsea after failing below pecking order in the Gunners set up after the signing of the Gabon striker.

On the other hand, Chelsea's signing of Giroud made Batshuyayi move on for more game-time and Dortmund used the opportunity and signed the player on loan for the rest of the season.

The Chelsea striker has settled in quickly with the German side, scoring three goals and providing one assist in his first two matches.

And while talking about the Belgian, Dortmund CEO says they intended to sign the Belgian forward on a permanent deal, however, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich intervened during the negotiations after which the German club had to settle for a loan deal with no option to buy.

Speaking of the signing, the 58-year-old CEO said: "We tried our best to get a permanent option for Michy Batshuayi.

"But it was a no go for Chelsea. When Roman Abramovich says no, it is a no."

However, the German official also hinted that they will again make move for the player in the summer to sign him on a permanent basis but jokingly suggested that the deal could be difficult if the 24-year-old scores regularly.

Hans-Joachim Watzke in a light-hearted way said: "There is always a chance, although if he scores in every game, it will be difficult."

Batshuayi joined Chelsea from Marseille for £33.1m in 2016, but was never able to book a guaranteed first team spot. He played only 24 matches over one and half years at Stamford Bridge scoring 10 goals in all competitions before moving to Germany in the last window.

Story first published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 14:18 [IST]
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