Liverpool consider quitting in race for striker due to “huge” fees

The Reds look to have taken a u-turn in their pursuit of Olympique Marseille striker, Michy Batshuayi as they deem the club’s asking price for the French youngster’s signature huge. The Ligue 1 side wants nothing less than £30million for the services of the Belgian. Despite Liverpool’s hesitation, The Guardian reports that West Ham have offered £31million for him, and could be in prime position to land him if he opts to leave by the end of the season. Serie A champions, Juventus are also keen to meet the price, and the likes of Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Atlético Madrid, and Barcelona could also be willing to.

With 16 strikes in the league this season, Batshuayi has established himself as one of the best strikers in the top-flight division, and looks set to earn an inclusion in the Belgium team to the Euros. Liverpool identified him as a possible replacement for the out-of-favour Benteke, and were interested in landing him amongst other striking options. Marseille is willing to sell as they want to balance the books, but the player is keen to remain after having secured a starting berth. He arrived from Standard Liège in 2014 for just £4.8million, but has seen his worth and stock rise after his fast development. But Liverpool might consider other less expensive options as they are yet to recuperate on Benteke’s huge fees of last Summer.