Fenerbahçe announced on the official website last night that the club has signed from Belgium international center forward Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea on a free transfer.
According to the official statement of Fenerbahçe, Batshuayi has put pen-to-paper on a short-term contract for two years until 2024, with an option to extend for a further year.
In addition, according to renowned Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Batshuayi was originally scheduled to join Nottingham Forest on a free transfer on the night of the summer window deadline day. However, as the cut-off time had passed when Chelsea submitted the transfer paperworks, thus the transfer was forced to be called-off.
Soon after, Chelsea received an offer from Fenerbahçe, and they immediately contacted Batshuauyi and his agent who were still waiting for departure at the airport. After the two sides immediately agreed to the offer, the player and his camp directly flew to İstanbul to complete the transfer.
28 year-old Batshuaiyi was born on October 2, 1993 in Brussels, Belgium. He is 1.85 meters tall and has a dual nationality of Belgium and DR Congo. Batshuayi spent his youth career bouncing around Brussels and Anderlecht’s youth system, before settling down in Standard Liege’s youth academy in the summer of 2019.
Batshuayi made his first-team debut in February 2011, and then scored his debut first-team goal in December of the same year.
In early 2012, Batshuay began to score prolificly, during which his goals help qualified Standard Liege to the Europa League knockout stages.
Batshuayi’s performances went up a notch in in the 2013/14 season, where he scored 21 goals, and even completed the first hat-trick in his career at one point, winning the Jupiler Pro League’s Golden Boot Award.
With such a good performances, Batshuayi was snapped up by Marseille in August 2014 for £4.5 million.
After coming to the French league, Batshuayi’s goal efficiency did not decrease. In the 2015/16 season, he once tied veteran Sweden international forward Zlatan Ibrahimović’s record of having scored 11 goals in 19 games in Ligue 1.
In the summer of 2016, Batshuayi joined Chelsea for £40million. He won 1 Premier League title with the team when Antonio Conte was in charge, but after Conte was sacked, Batshuayi gradually lost his place in the team.
Since January 2018, Batshuayi has been while playing loaned out to different clubs across the continent for many years. He performed well while on-loan at Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund at first, but later from August of the same year until May 2021, he struggled badly, during which time he was on loan Valencia and Crystal Palace, despite winning the Copa Del Rey with the La Liga side as an unused substitute.
Last season, Batshuayi was loaned out to another Turkish Süper Lig in the form of Beşiktaş, where he finally regained his shooting boots.
He scored 14 goals and assisting 5 times in 42 appearances across all competitions, winning the Turkish Super Cup with Beşiktaş in the process.
At the international level, Batshuayi began to play for Belgium senior national team in 2015. So far he has played 45 times for the country, scoring 25 goals and assisting 5 times in all competitions, reaching the 2018 Russia World Cup third place.
It is worth mentioning that，Batshuayi’s contract with Chelsea originally had another year to run，however as Nottingham Forest and Fenerbahçe both chose to buy out his original contract on top of offering him a new deal, thus the transfer of this Belgian international with African descent is regarded as a free transfer.