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Crystal Palace handed boost in Michy Batshuayi pursuit as Aston Villa sign Drinkwater

As reported by The Telegraph, Aston Villa have completed the signing of Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the campaign, which has actually handed Crystal Palace a boost in their pursuit of Michy Batshuayi.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Villans were believed to have enquired about the Belgium international’s availability on a loan deal amid fears that Wesley would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury – the Brazilian has since been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

The Midlands-based side’s interest in the former Marseille man meant that Palace had competition for Batshuayi’s signature, as Roy Hodgson’s side are also said to hold an interest in being reunited with the striker who scored five goals in nine Premier League starts for them in the second half of last season.

However, after Dean Smith’s side completed the signing of Drinkwater on loan from the Blues, Palace’s chances of landing the Belgian have been boosted.

Crystal Palace handed boost in Batshuayi pursuit

Why have the south Londoners been handed a boost in their pursuit of Batshuayi?

Well, amid The Telegraph‘s report, it is mentioned that the Villans now cannot sign another player on loan from Chelsea after completing a deal for Drinkwater, having previously asked about Olivier Giroud and Batshuayi’s availability.

“Villa had also asked Chelsea about taking either Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi on loan, but the signing of Drinkwater means they cannot take another player from the Blues.”

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This means that the Championship playoff final winners of 2018/19 will have to fork out for a permanent deal if they want to bring the 26-year-old to Villa Park, which could cost them a fair bit of cash with The Sun reporting that he has a valuation of £40m.

“Palace are not in the market to buy 26-year-old Batshuayi because of his £40m valuation but they would pay a rental fee on top of his wages.”

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While that could still be possible, it would be a significant transfer deal for a club of Villa’s stature to complete and also makes their pursuit of him much more difficult, and expensive, to complete – it would also not be what they initially wanted, with Sky Sports reporting that they originally enquired about a loan deal.

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