Marseille will refuse to sell West Ham target Michy Batshuayi for less than €40million due to a sell-on clause in his contract.
The financially-troubled Ligue 1 club have thus far resisted all approaches for the 22-year-old Belgian striker, who moved to L’OM from Standard Liege in 2014.
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And that’s largely due to a whopping 35 per cent sell-on clause in his contract that entitles the Belgian club to more than a third of any profit gained by his sale.
Marseille paid circa £4.5million for Batshuayi two years ago this summer, since when he scored 26 goals in 62 appearances in the French top flight.
But thus far no club has come close to meeting L’OM’s valuation of the striker – despite interest from clubs including Manchester City, Juventus and Inter, as well as the Hammers.
Another player Marseille may be willing to part company with in order to balance the books is full back and former French youth international Benjamin Mendy.
The 21-year-old would be available for a fee in the region of £15million; in addition to West Ham, Premier League champions Leicester City are also reported to be monitoring his situation.