Report: Atalanta make first contact over Michy Batshuayi

Atalanta have reportedly made first contact over Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, who is likely to leave this summer as the Blues are looking to raise funds.

The 26-year-old was mentioned among the list of players Chelsea are willing to offload this summer, according to the previous report from Sky Sports.

It is easy to see why.

He made just one start in the Premier League (five starts in all competitions) this season and was the third-choice in the pecking order, behind Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud.

He could be fourth by the start of the new season, with Timo Werner now also available.

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The Belgium international also has just one year left in his contract with the Blues, which would only increase the possibility of his exit this summer.

Serie A could be an option for the former Marseille striker, with Tuttomercatoweb claiming Atalanta have made first contact over the potential transfer.

The report suggested that Batshuayi could be a replacement for Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata who has attracted interest from Juventus.

Having finished third in Serie A this season, Atalanta earned a spot in the Champions League which would make them an attractive option for the Chelsea striker.

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Batshuayi’s high wages could be a problem, however, although Tuttomercatoweb claimed that it is not an “insurmountable obstacle”.

The Italian outlet suggested a new contract with Chelsea could be a solution that would allow Atalanta to sign the striker on loan with an option to buy.

However, considering Chelsea would likely want to sell to fund more potential transfers, this option might not be ideal from their perspective.

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