Chelsea are reportedly set to finally cash in on long-serving striker Michy Batshuayi this summer, amid interest from other Premier League clubs.
According to TEAMtalk, the Blues are keen to end the Belgian’s six-year association with the club at the end of the season, with the 28-year-old to be moved on permanently after having spent much of his time at Stamford Bridge out on loan.
With just a year remaining on his existing deal, the west London outfit are keen to cash in on the player in the upcoming window, rather than see him depart for nothing next summer, with both Everton and Leeds United believed to be among those top-flight clubs keen to keep him in England.
The report also suggests that Thomas Tuchel and co are hopeful of recouping a ‘somewhat sizeable fee’ for the £9m-rated man, with the player having enjoyed a positive temporary stint at Besiktas so far this term, netting 14 goals and registering five assists in 28 league outings for the Turkish giants.
In truth, it is quite remarkable that the former Standard Liege man is still on the club’s books, having been a peripheral figure for the Blues since joining on a reported £33m deal from Ligue 1 side Marseille in 2016.
The 6 foot 1 marksman had been relatively prolific in both France and Belgium prior to his move to the Premier League, notably netting 33 goals and laying on ten assists in just 78 appearances in all competitions during his two-year stint at the Stade Velodrome.
He has since, however, scored just eight goals in 48 league appearances in the blue jersey and been described as “woeful” by reporter Paul Brown. Arguably a rare high point in his Chelsea career was his title-winning goal against West Bromwich Albion back in 2017, at the end of his debut campaign.
Not helped by the constant change of managers at his parent club, Batshuayi has found first-team opportunities hard to come by at the European champions – with his last appearance having come two years ago – forcing him to endure a succession of loan moves in recent seasons.
As well as his current stint in Turkey, the £69k-per-week ace has also spent time at Borussia Dortmund and Valencia, as well as twice linking up with Crystal Palace, albeit with the forward failing to impress enough to earn a permanent deal at any of those sides.
Once dubbed a player of “genuine quality” by former Arsenal man John Hartson, there is seemingly a talent in there somewhere, with his impressive international record of 23 goals in just 41 appearances clear evidence of his ability in front of goal.
In truth, no manager at Stamford Bridge has attempted to or been able to coax that talent out of him on a consistent basis, with it having more than certainly reached a point where the two parties need to sever ties.