Striker could be only Chelsea player without squad number after collapsed deadline-day transfer

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is facing uncertainty over his future after his potential deadline-day move to Nottingham Forest reportedly collapsed at the 11th hour.

According to the Evening Standard, the 28-year-old was very close to joining the newly-promoted Premier League side on the deadline day.

Forest had reportedly had an agreement in place to pay Batshuayi’s remaining wages for the last year of his contract with Chelsea, which would allow them to sign him on a free transfer.

Unfortunately for the striker, the deal collapsed at the 11th hour after Chelsea failed to file the necessary paperwork in time, the report adds.

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The Belgium international has since entered negotiations with Turkish side Fenerbahce, but he is still facing the possibility of missing out on regular football ahead of the World Cup.

Alongside two new signings; Denis Zakaria and Wesley Fofana, Batshuayi are one of the only three Chelsea players who has not been assigned a squad number, according to the club’s official website.

Zakaria and Fofana are surely going to get theirs, eventually, but it is not the case for Batshuayi.

There were several other players who were in a similar situation, including Ross Barkley and Kenedy, but unlike Batshuayi, they have all either secured a transfer or reached an agreement to terminate their contract.

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Fenerbahce are arguably the striker’s best hope of a summer exit since the transfer window is still open in only a few countries, such as Turkey and Russia.

Having spent last season on a relatively successful loan spell at Besiktas, Batshuayi should also be familiar with Turkish Super Lig.

Update: Fenerbahce has just announced that they have reached an agreement with Chelsea for Batshuayi, who will travel to Istanbul for a medical.

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