Could Chelsea use Michy Batshuayi as makeweight in Zaha deal?
Chelsea have been linked with Wilfried Zaha for what seems like months now and it now seems there is a new way the Blues could get the deal done.
Michy Batshuayi spent the second half of last season on loan with the Eagles and does not appear to be in Frank Lampard’s plans at Chelsea. The Belgian has only appeared off the bench for the Blues in the league this season and is not trusted to lead the line when Tammy Abraham is unavailable.
He is just 26-years-old and may look for a move to a club that can revitalize his career. According to The Daily Express, Crystal Palace would be interested in taking Batshuayi back to Selhurst Park, which opens the door for some sort of swap deal.
Chelsea would likely still have to pay a fee to secure the Ivorian’s services, but by giving them the Belgian, they may take a chunk off the astonishing £80 million price tag set by those at Crystal Palace.
Zaha still has three years left on the contract with his current club, and they will not want to see him go midway through the campaign. Chelsea will also need to be careful spending so much on a mercurial talent who does not necessarily boast the numbers to back up the price-tag.
In 20 Premier League appearances, the Ivory Coast international has scored just three goals and provided one assist. That is less than both of Chelsea’s current starting wingers, which suggests that buying Zaha could be a waste of resources for the club.