Report: Chelsea will attempt to finally offload £33m attacker this summer, two PL clubs are interested

Chelsea are reportedly planning to cut ties with Michy Batshuayi for good at the end of the season.

According to TEAMtalk, the Blues will not recall Batshuayi from his fifth loan spell in the summer.

Instead, the Belgian international is set to depart Stamford Bridge after over half a decade on the club’s books.

The life of a bat

The 28-year-old joined the current European champions in 2016 for £33m (Guardian) and was part of the last Chelsea squad to lift the Premier League.

Despite scoring the goal that sealed the title for Antonio Conte, the striker fell down the pecking order pretty sharply.

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He has played for Crystal Palace twice, Borussia Dortmund and Valencia whilst still registered as a Chelsea player.

His most recent foray across the continent took him to Turkey, where he signed for Besiktas on loan last summer.

Batshuayi has performed well in his new surroundings, scoring 14 times in 37 appearances for Kara Kartallar.

This is two more than Romelu Lukaku, the man who actively shunted his compatriot to the side when he re-joined Chelsea in August.

Is it time for Michy to move on?

Whilst Lukaku’s future remains quite uncertain, there is also quite a lot of speculation surrounding the other Belgian attacker.

Will Thomas Tuchel reintroduce Batshuayi to the squad?

By pretty much all accounts, the answer is probably going to be no.

That then opens up the debate about where he will end up next.

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TEAMtalk claim he has two options on British shores, in the form of Everton and Leeds United.

Both teams have endured issues with their respective number nines this term and could be looking to find some cover.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Patrick Bamford have missed a huge chunk of the campaign through injury, leaving Everton and Leeds in quite a perilous position towards the bottom of the table.

Bringing in the Batman might just solve this particular issue next year.

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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.