Chelsea have beat Crystal Palace to agree a stunning £33million deal with Marseille for striker Michy Batshuayi.
The Blues have seen off competition from Crystal Palace, Juventus and West Ham to land the coveted striker, who scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season.
The 22-year-old will now be granted special permission to leave the Belgium squad for a medical and is expected to sign a five-year deal to become Antonio Conte’s first signing.
They had intended to step up their interest had their primary targets, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, proved beyond them.
But they scrapped their plans to wait and slapped in a bid at 5pm on Tuesday afternoon after fearing Crystal Palace would land him.
The ambitious Eagles agreed a £31.6million fee for the highly-rated Belgian and offered him wages of £110,000-a-week.
But Batshuayi stalled as he did not want to go to Selhurst Park and jumped at the chance of a move to Stamford Bridge.
Juventus had only bid £24million and were unable to meet Marseille’s asking price. West Ham indicated to Marseille that they were willing to meet the full asking price and were confident of doing a deal to deny Palace.