According to HLN, Chelsea are considering ending Michy Batshuayi’s loan move to Valencia early, where they will then attempt to sell him on and have reportedly offered him to Crystal Palace.
The Eagles attempted to sign the Belgian striker from Marseille and were incredibly close to doing so. They had agreed a €38m fee with the Ligue 1 side, only for the Blues to hijack the transfer and bring Batshuayi to west London rather than south.
The 25-year-old never really managed to oust Diego Costa from the starting lineup at Chelsea, managing just seven league goals for the club before being shipped out on loan to Borussia Dortmund before his stint at Valencia.
It seemed as if the forward had rediscovered his best form in Germany during the second half of last season, scoring seven goals in nine Bundesliga games as well as two in four Europa League games. However, the current campaign in La Liga has seen him score just one league goal.
Despite that, Palace should definitely reignite their interest in a man who knows where the back of the net is.
The aforementioned report states that Monaco, Roma and AC Milan are all sniffing around the Belgian with a view to signing him in the upcoming window, but the Eagles and Chelsea have a good relationship.
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Maurizio Sarri’s side are thankful to the side from south London for developing Ruben Loftus-Cheek so well last season, and have seemingly offered Batshuayi to them as compensation for the fact that they will be keeping the man Palace really want in Loftus-Cheek at the club.
Roy Hodgson is in desperate need of a striker, as Palace are yet to see a striker score a league goal for them in open play since January – almost an entire year. If it is the be a loan deal with a view to a permanent move in the summer, the Eagles should terminate the woeful Jordan Ayew’s temporary deal at Selhurst Park and swap him with the misfiring Valencia man.