Premier League clubs Everton, Crystal Palace and Fulham are all looking to tie up a deal for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who has cut his season-long loan with Valencia short.
Batshuayi was scheduled to stay in Spain until the summer, but the deal has been cut short after his relationship with Valencia manager Marcelino had become untenable. The Belgian international was hooked at half time in a recent match and Marcelino said he had “run out of patience with certain individuals” – meaning Batshuayi – and expressed a need to bring strikers in.
But it seems there are no shortage of potential takers for Batshuayi. While Everton have said they are not planning to make permanent signings this month, they would assess opportunities if they arise. The club’s need for a striker is well known – they have yet to effectively replace Romelu Lukaku – with signings such as Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse failing to fire so a deal could appeal, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, London sides Crystal Palace and Fulham are also said to the interested in the striker, according to The Mirror. The Eagles are in desperate need of a striker with Christian Benteke out with a long-term injury and others, such as Jordan Ayew, not regularly finding the net. Fulham also need a striker to take some of the pressure off Aleksander Mitrovic.
Overseas clubs, such as Marseille, are also thought to be keeping tabs on Batshuayi.
It is believed Chelsea are looking to sell Batshuayi, rather than loan him out again, and a bid of £14 million could be enough to secure his signature – which is cheap in today’s market for a striker who played at last summer’s World Cup.