Chelsea’s huge demands for Michy Batshuayi stopped Tottenham making a move for the striker, while a Spurs star is in line for a shock new contract, according to Friday’s papers.
HUGE CHELSEA DEMANDS STOPPED SPURS SIGNING BATSHUAYI
Chelsea reportedly demanded a loan fee four times what they eventually agreed with Crystal Palace for Michy Batshuayi on Deadline Day.
A report in The Sun claims that the Blues wanted an incredible £8million loan fee from Spurs after offering the Belgian to West Ham for just £2m earlier in the day.
And with their Tottenham priced out of a move for the Belgian, Batshuayi eventually linked up with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles late in the day.
Batshuayi’s loan deal at LaLiga giants Valencia was cut short earlier in January after his performances were criticised, but that did not stop several Premier League clubs trying to secure his signature.
And it was Palace – albeit 90 minutes past the deadline – who got their man, having asked for extra time to get the deal over the line.
Spurs will now have to lean on Fernando Llorente to continue to the lead the line in Harry Kane’s absence, although the Spaniard’s brittle confidence will have been buoyed by scoring a late winner against Watford on Wednesday night.
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Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea job is safe for now, but the club’s chiefs want to see a ‘plan B’ when his ‘Sarri-ball’ tactics do not work (The Sun)
Fernando Llorente is pushing to earn himself a new Tottenham contract (The Sun)
West Ham pulled out of a potential loan deal for Michy Batshuayi because of his reported £170,000-a-week wages (The Sun)
Charlie Austin is ready to fight for his place at Southampton after a potential move to four Premier League clubs all fell through in January (The Sun)
Arsenal refused to let Eddie Nketiah leave the club on loan after deals for Ivan Perisic and Yannick Carrasco failed to materialise (The Sun)
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha faces an extended ban for mocking referee Andre Marriner after he had been sent off for dissent (The Sun)
Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Aro Muric has told Pep Guardiola he can fill in for Ederson (The Sun)
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri refused to travel on the team bus following the Blues’ 4-0 loss to Bournemouth on Wednesday (Daily Mail)
Mike Ashley has prioritised securing Rafa Benitez’s future at Newcastle (Daily Mail)
Businessman Sir Gary Verity, who brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire, has emerged as a contender to be the Premier League’s chief executive (Daily Mail)
Peterborough’s director of football Barry Fry has been fined £35,000 for placing a bet on a Peterborough striker to be League One’s top scorer (Daily Mail)
Talks between Schalke and Tottenham fell through on Deadline Day for Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen (Football.London)
Udinese ended their interest in Derby midfielder Tom Huddlestone on Deadline Day (Daily Telegraph)
Roman Abramovich has sent repeated text messages to Maurizio Sarri asking for an explanation to Chelsea’s recent decline (The Times)
Hibernian withdrew their offer of a six-month contract to bring Efe Ambrose back to the club on Deadline Day (Daily Record)