Michy Batshuayi’s move from Chelsea to Nottingham Forest is now off, Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard has confirmed.
It was claimed that with an hour of the transfer window remaining that Forest had made a late play.
They were set to buy Batshuayi out of his contract and add the striker to their ranks.
Several reports had claimed that a deal was close and a permanent transfer would be struck before the deadline.
Now, with the window slammed shut, it’s been claimed that Batshuayi won’t be joining Forest this summer.
It’s not clear at this stage why the deal broke down and it will be interesting to find that out in due course.
A move to sign Batshuayi made a little bit of sense, although it did have pros and cons.
Last season, the striker scored 14 goals and claimed five assists for Besiktas as they enjoyed a decent campaign.
The £69,000-a-week player will also have a point to prove ahead of the World Cup this winter.
In 77 Premier League appearances, Batshuayi fired just 15 goals and perhaps it’s not the end of the world this deal has gone south.
Bathshuayi’s move to Forest off
Thinking outside of the box, perhaps the Reds were better off out of this deal.
Forest have invested a decent sum in a young player in Taiwo Awoniyi and now he will have the chance to flourish.
January isn’t a million miles away and perhaps waiting and going with what they already have is the best policy for Forest.
Batshuayi has always been an energetic performer but now someone like Sam Surridge will get a chance during the first half of the season.
The Belgian wouldn’t have come cheap. With that in mind, perhaps this is a decent idea for Forest not to land this particular player.