Report: Chelsea 'absolutely' want to offload Michy Batshuayi; offered to Leeds United
Chelsea have reportedly offered Michy Batshuayi to Leeds United, with a potential reunion with former Marseille manager Marcelo Bielsa for the Belgian striker.
According to a report from Belgian outlet HLN, the Blues “absolutely wants to get rid” of Batshuayi which is understandable considering his contract — which sees him earn €120,000-a-week (about £108,000-a-week) — runs out next summer.
And they have offered the Belgium international to newly-promoted Leeds United for €25million (£22.6m) fee, the report added.
Chelsea have reportedly agreed that they would not be able to recoup the €40million (£36.2m) they paid to Marseille back in 2016 and are reportedly ready to sell the striker at a loss, even including the loan fees they previously received from Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, and Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, although Batshuayi has had a past with Bielsa at Marseille, Leeds United management are reportedly still considering whether they want to invest €25m on a striker who will turn 27 in a couple of months.
Batshuayi made just one Premier League start under Frank Lampard, with both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud ahead of him in the pecking order.
He netted six times from 24 appearances, mostly from the bench, in all competitions.
Timo Werner’s arrival and Giroud’s one-year contract extension might have also pushd Batshuayi even closer to Chelsea exit.