Crystal Palace have been handed a major boost if they want to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi ahead of the upcoming transfer window.
What’s the story?
According to Football.London, the 27-year-old is set to leave Stamford Bridge on a permanent deal this summer after failing to establish himself in the first-team set-up throughout his five-year stay.
The report claims that Chelsea hope to receive a fee in excess of £10 million for Batshuayi, with one unnamed top-half Premier League side already showing interest in the Belgium international.
Major transfer boost
After arriving from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille back in 2016, Batshuayi struggled for game time under Antonio Conte, making just one league start in his maiden campaign with the Blues.
Subsequent loan spells with Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Palace followed, bringing mixed success before the pacey forward found himself wanted by his parent club again in 2019/20 due to their transfer ban.
However, he still found his route to the starting XI blocked by Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, again making a solitary start while on league duties.
Batshuayi ended up signing a one-year contract extension last summer before returning to Selhurst Park on a temporary basis, although his second stint in south London wasn’t as successful as the first.
Injuries and lack of form saw the striker fall down Roy Hodgson’s pecking order this time around, limiting the £9m-rated marksman to just two goals and two assists in 722 minutes of Premier League action.
Nevertheless, the success of his original stint shouldn’t be forgotten and under a new manager, Batshuayi could return to the Eagles for a third time.
After Batshuayi bagged his first Palace goal back in 2019, Michael Owen lauded his clever finish telling BT Sport (via the Daily Mail): “You know as a centre-forward when the ball’s virtually on target or going off target. In this case, it was definitely off target.
“You just throw a leg at it. There’s no way you aim for a certain corner, you just try to guide it towards goal. It’s actually a very good finish.”
John Hartson added: “He’s clearly got genuine quality, look at the clubs he’s been with. He can be proud of his afternoon’s work.”
Palace have been linked with a permanent move for Batshuayi in the past, only to be put off by his price tag, but with only 12 months remaining on his current deal at Chelsea, his reduced fee could see a revival in their interest, and Steve Parish should seriously consider making an offer.