Report: Chelsea now ready to sell Conte signing who is yet to play for Tuchel

Chelsea are set to offer Trabzonspor the services of Michy Batshuayi as Thomas Tuchel’s squad continues its trimming process.

This is according to Milliyet, who claim the Turkish club have added Batshuayi to their transfer wish list.

The Belgian striker recently returned to pre-season training following an underwhelming loan stint with Crystal Palace.

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In 20 appearances for the Eagles, he managed just two goals and two assists.


He squeezed his way into Belgium’s European Championship squad but ended the competition with only 14 minutes of action.

Michy to make a move?

Now back at Cobham, the 27-year-old can demonstrate his skills to Thomas Tuchel, potentially starting in tonight’s friendly fixture versus Bournemouth.

Ironically, the last game Batshuayi played for the Blues was against this evening’s opponents during a 2-2 draw last February.

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Yet, a trip to the Vitality Stadium might be his last action in a Chelsea strip if Trabzonspor have their way.

Milliyet say that the ‘green light’ has been given by the Stamford Bridge hierarchy for the departure of their overlooked centre-forward.

Although, the Turks apparently want to discuss Batshuayi’s salary demands, which are currently too high for their wage bill.

But with just one year on the player’s contract left, they believe this deal can be pulled over the line.

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Permitted the ‘Batman’ does spread his wings this summer, it will end an unusual five-year relationship with Chelsea.

He was signed by Antonio Conte in 2016 from Marseille for £33m (BBC) and scored the goal that eventually secured the title that campaign.

Admittedly, it was a downwards trajectory from that point onwards.

Loan spells at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, and Crystal Palace disrupted Batshuayi’s development with the Blues.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.