Report: Chelsea 27-year-old forward is wanted by Premier League rivals

Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi is reportedly attracting interest from Premier League rivals Leeds United. 

According to the Telegraph, Yorkshire giants Leeds are keen on the 27-year-old. 

Unfortunately, the report doesn’t go into any extra detail than that. But he’s a player that previously worked under Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa when the duo were at Marseille together. 

Batshuayi, who earns £90,000-a-week, will return to Stamford Bridge this summer ahead of pre-season.

The Belgian centre-forward has just finished a season-long loan at Crystal Palace, and he scored just two goals in 20 appearances for them.

He’s been behind compatriot Christian Benkteke in the striker pecking order at Palace, but both are going to Euro 2020 with their country.

Ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard raved about Batshuayi by calling him a “positive spirit” back in 2019, but ended up granting his loan exit while still in charge. The attacker will be back at Chelsea though with Thomas Tuchel in the manager’s hotseat.

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Chelsea should sell Batshuayi

Batshuayi is already a part of Chelsea folklore. The striker scored the goal that clinched the Premier League title back during Antonio Conte’s reign. Additionally, his game-to-goal ratio of 25 goals in 77 appearances is decent.

He’s a poacher in the penalty box, but isn’t of the quality needed for Chelsea. 

Tuchel’s side need to be extremely ambitious next year, especially after recently winning the Champions League. 

It’s time for the club to get rid of some fringe players to raise extra cash.

Batshuayi will leave a popular figure with fans if he goes.

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