Chelsea centre-forward Michy Batshuayi is set to return to Stamford Bridge from a disappointing loan spell with Spanish club Valencia.
Valencia’s sporting director Mateu Alemany confirmed on Thursday that the striker is set to go back to the Premier League and that talks are underway about terminating his loan with them.
“Batshuayi’s situation is very clear. We are negotiating the player’s exit with various other clubs,” Alemany said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I expect he will leave in the coming hours or days. The player knows he is leaving, we told him some weeks ago.”
According to the Mirror, Everton, Crystal Palace, Fulham and Marseille have all expressed an interest in signing the Blues striker, with £14million the quoted price to sign him on a permanent basis.
But Chelsea should scrap any plans to offload the Belgium international and give him an unexcited opportunity with them for the second half of the season.
Batshuayi is a forgotten man around Chelsea following his loan exit, which has seen him score just three goals in 23 games for Valencia.
But Blues manager Maurizio Sarri should give the 25-year-old striker the chance to earn a spot in his team, as both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have failed to cement a starting XI position.
Batshuayi is a natural finisher that has 19 goals in 53 games for Chelsea and is just low on confidence right now.
He proved on loan at Borussia Dortmund last season with nine goals in 14 games that he’s more than capable and he’s still a big favourite with supporters at Stamford Bridge.
The centre-forward scored the goal that clinched Chelsea the 2016/17 Premier League and deserves a lifeline.