Michy Batshuayi set to sign a Chelsea contract EXTENSION and head out on loan to Crystal Palace… with the Blues not wanting to lose the out-of-favour Belgian on a free next summer
- Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is down the pecking order for a forward spot
- The Belgian striker is now expected to re-join Crystal Palace on loan next season
- Batshuayi was at Selhurst Park for half-a-year during the 2018-19 season
- But the 26-year-old will sign a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge
- Blues do not want to lose Batshuayi on a free when his deal runs out next year
Michy Batshuayi is set for a loan return to Crystal Palace.
Chelsea striker Batshuayi, 26, is expected to sign a one-year extension to his current contract at Stamford Bridge and then re-join Palace for the season.
Batshuayi’s existing Chelsea deal expires next summer and the additional 12 months will ensure he does not become a free agent once his loan expires.
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi looks set to return to Crystal Palace on loan next season
Batshuayi spent half-a-season on loan at Crystal Palace, where he scored seven goals in total
Batshuayi joined Chelsea for £33million from Marseille in 2016 but has struggled for regular game time and been pushed further down the pecking order this summer following the Blues’ spending spree.
The £53m signing of Timo Werner, adding to Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud already in the squad, means Batshuayi is effectively the fourth-choice striker in Frank Lampard’s options.
While on Chelsea’s books Batshuayi has spent time on loan at Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Palace, and his spell at Selhurst Park was especially successful, with Batshuayi scoring seven times in just 13 games in the second half of the 2018-19 season.
The 26-year-old is now down the pecking order in manager Frank Lampard’s options up front
Palace are now confident of re-signing Batshuayi, who has also been linked with the likes of West Brom, Newcastle, Leeds and clubs in Germany.
He signed amid much promise in the summer of 2016 from Marseille, yet was a bit-part player from the off under Antonio Conte.
That being said, he scored the goal which clinched the 2016-17 Premier League title at West Brom.
Yet the following season, Batshuayi moved on loan to Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, where he effectively replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who had just joined Arsenal.
The Belgian striker has failed to cement a regular starting spot since signing four years ago
Loan spells at Valencia and Palace followed, before a second chance by Lampard was not capitalised on last season.
Batshuayi’s arrival at Selhurst will also hamper the potential loan move of another Chelsea player, who was ready to make the short journey south of the River Thames.
Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher has also been linked with a temporary move to the Eagles, but due to loan rules will have to scrap those plans.