According to The Daily Mirror, Lille is very interested in Michy Batshuayi and are ready to offer £36 million.

Batshuayi only scored five goals in the 2016/17 campaign but played a deputy role to Diego Costa. Now that Costa is seemingly in exile in Brazil, Michy had the chance to be Chelsea’s number one striker. Despite a strong pre-season with a brace against Arsenal and a goal against Bayern, Batshuayi has found himself as the second choice behind record signing Alvaro Morata. A poor performance against Burnley and an own-goal in his ten-minute cameo against Tottenham at Wembley would have done little to change Antonio Conte’s mind.

The former Marseille player started only one game after his move to Chelsea last summer as he rejected offers from West Ham and Crystal Palace. Batshuayi has the chance to link up with former boss Marcelo Bielsa, who is the new coach of Lille. With the Argentian coach he had a very good time at Marseille, where he scored in 78 matches, 33 goals and assisted 10 goals.

Whether or not Chelsea would accept a bid for Batshuayi remains to be seen. Due to limited time in the summer transfer window- 10 days to be precise, there is a 95%+ chance of Batshuayi remaining at the Bridge, simply due to the lack of numbers in the forward position.  Throughout the summer, the club has experienced difficulty in recruiting new additions, failing in securing top targets. Chelsea’s board know how to drive a hard bargain too so the speculated fee of £36 million would be below the Club’s valuation of Michy. Chelsea is a business at the end of the day and £3 million profit would not be acceptable.

Batshuayi will remain a Chelsea player, that I am for certain, and the story has only gathered momentum due to the Telegraph linking Chelsea with Llorente as well as Vardy.  A suitable replacement would have to be virtually signed before even contemplating Michy’s departure.

Nadir Prasovic

@CFCNPR

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