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Exclusive: Chelsea boss Antonio Conte holds key to £33m Michy Batshuayi deal

30 Jun

Batshuayi, 22, who scored in Belgium’s 4-0 Euro 2016 win over Hungary on Sunday, missed breakfast with his team-mates and was later pulled out of a planned appearance at a press conference.

Tottenham had also been keen on the striker but, thanks to Conte’s reputation, Chelsea have stolen a march on their rivals and Batshuayi becomes the first signing of the Conte era at Stamford Bridge.

Marseille needed to sell before July 5 to avoid a transfer embargo, after investigations into their finances by the French football regulators.

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