Report: Leeds United interested in signing Batshuayi for potential reunion with Bielsa

Journalist Phil Hay claimed Leeds United are interested in bringing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi to Elland Road for a potential reunion with former manager Marcelo Bielsa.

The 26-year-old’s Chelsea career has not been as successful as many expected following his arrival in 2016.

After three loan spells in the past three years, at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace respectively, Batshuayi has arguably failed to impress Frank Lampard this season.

He was second in line behind Tammy Abraham in the first half of the campaign but fell behind in the pecking order as Olivier Giroud rediscovered his best form.

Now that Chelsea have brought in another forward in the form of Timo Werner, Batshuayi could be on the verge of a summer exit with Leeds interested, according to The Athletic journalist Hay.

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Speaking on episode 39 of The Phil Hay Show podcast, he said: “One who has been mentioned and there has been definitely an interest [from Leeds United] is Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.

“Bielsa knew him as a youngster at Marseille when he was the manager there so he knows a lot about his game.

“He wouldn’t have to adapt massively to what Bielsa does.”

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Hay also argued that, although Batshuayi has not really done well at Chelsea, at 26 the Belgium international could be a significant addition for Leeds.

It could be interesting to see whether Lampard would allow Batshuayi to join the newly promoted side considering his rivalry with Bielsa when both men were in the Championship.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.