Report: Club jump ahead in race to sign £69k-a-week Chelsea attacker, now in advanced talks for loan deal

Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly in advanced talks for Chelsea attacker Michy Batshuayi.

According to 90min, Wolves have now jumped ahead of Premier League rivals Everton in the race to sign Chelsea’s 28-year-old.

It is understood Wolves are in advanced discussions about Batshuayi joining them on a season-long loan, which makes sense when you consider their lack of forward options.

The report adds the striker’s contract at Stamford Bridge is due to expire in 2023, but there’s the option to extend it by a further year.

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Wolves in advanced talks for Batshuayi

Batshuayi, who has featured during Chelsea’s pre-season schedule, looks primed for yet another loan away from the Bridge.

The Belgium international has previously been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Crystal Palace and Besiktas.

He’s a decent centre-forward that usually makes an impact wherever he goes, scoring 14 goals across all competitions last season during a stint with Turkish side Besiktas.

The £69,000-a-week frontman can hopefully find some kind of home at Molineux with Wolves, who are a side that in recent times have struggled to score a lot of goals. Perhaps he’s the more clinical finisher they need in their XI.

TalkSPORT’s Darren Lewis previously claimed Batshuayi isn’t good enough to play for Chelsea, but there’s no doubt he can make an impact at a Premier League rival still.

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Broja over Batshuayi

If you go off Chelsea’s newly released squad numbers, it looks like Armando Broja has won the pre-season battle over Batshuayi.

It’s 20-year-old forward Broja that has been given a shirt number for the upcoming 2022/23 campaign, while Batshuayi is not named on the list.

It’ll be interesting to see if the club do bring in a new No.9 before the window shuts, though.

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