Antonio Conte could consider selling £33m striker Michy Batshuayi, who is out for a loan spell when the summer transfer window opens and may be will look out for a replacement. The Belgian international, who is looking for regular football in the second half of the season to book a World Cup spot, would be happy if he gets to complete a permanent deal with his new team Borussia Dortmund, after he has showcased amazing form, since making the move to the Bundesliga.
Batshuayi was been sidelined by Conte this season at Stamford Bridge and the majority of his appearances had come as a substitute.
The initial form of Alvaro Morata this season has also prevented Batshuayi from holding down a starting spot in the squad.
The ex-Marseille poacher has scored only two league goals this term and didn’t seem to be a key part of Conte’s plans.
West Ham United were keen last season to pick this 24 year old striker and other clubs were also set back then to join the race. He had come on as a sub against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, before the final nail in the coffin and he left west London.
Batshuayi was left on the bench as the Blues fell to a shock 1-0 defeat against the Hammers eventually.
Marko Arnautovic scored the only goal for the Londoners in the game as the Italian manager’s team failed to impress in east London.
The Chelsea main-man had stated back then that his team’s title defence was over, explaining: “This is the fourth defeat this season in 16 games. When you have this stat, it’s impossible to think you’re in the title race.”
The London based club were supposedly interested in striking a deal for the ex-Marseille star, but Conte decided to keep hold onto him.
Apart from them, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Stoke City were believed to have been interested in lining up offers for the 24 year old in the January transfer window.