As per a report from Goal.com Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella, Blues’ striker Michy Batshuayi could join La Liga outfit Sevilla on loan this month.
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 last 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, reports in the Spanish media have nevertheless suggested that the Belgian could end up in La Liga this summer.
Atletico Madrid were named as expressing a serious interest in Batshuayi’s services by L’Equipe last week but, as per the aforementioned update from Nizaar Kinsella of Goal.com this afternoon, it is in fact Sevilla who are in ‘pole position’ to secure a deal with Chelsea.
The Andalusian outfit were close to bringing the former Marseille man to the Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium before his move to Dortmund in January, but it looks as though they may finally get their man this time around, amid claims that Sevilla are ‘confident’ of striking an agreement with Chelsea.
Kinsella adds that Batshuayi has maintained a good relationship with the Sevilla board, after apologising to club chairman Jose Castro Carmona for not following through on his word to join the club at the start of the year.