As per a report from French outlet L’Equipe, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are expressing a serious interest in the signature of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.
Batshuayi, a 24-year-old Belgian international, has been on the books at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in the summer of 2016.
However, despite the hefty 40 million Euro transfer fee splashed out on his services, along with the weighty expectations on his young shoulders, Batshuayi has since struggled for regular game-time at Stamford Bridge.
On the move
As such, when the Blues announced the arrival of Olivier Giroud at the club from London rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day in January, it was widely expected that Batshuayi would be moving on, at least temporarily.
In the end, the chain reaction of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure from Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal (which in turn allowed Giroud to make the move to Stamford Bridge) saw the ‘Batsman’ replace ‘Auba’ at the Westfalenstadion on loan for the remainder of the season.
Batshuayi subsequently went on to enjoy a stellar start to life in Germany, racking up 9 goals and an assist in his first 14 appearances for the club.
However, an ankle injury picked up by the Belgian during a Bundesliga clash with Schalke in April saw Batshuayi ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
La Liga bound?
The hitman did manage to recover in time to help his country to a 3rd-place finish at this summer’s World Cup, but, as has long been discussed in the media, his club future has, to this point, remained very much up in the air.
And, despite RMC Sport claiming earlier this week that new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had informed Batshuayi during a recent meeting that he would be remaining with the club for the coming season, a further update from L’Equipe this afternoon has revealed that Atletico Madrid are nevertheless expressing an interest in his signature.
The report states that Los Colchoneros have in fact already made contact with Chelsea’s board regarding the possibility of a deal, with the Spanish outfit eager to take Batshuayi on loan with option to buy.
However, despite talks between the clubs intensifying over the last couple of hours, an agreement is deemed as ‘unlikely’ to be found.