Chelsea have reportedly agreed to a loan move for Loic Remy to fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace.
Loic Remy could be on his way out of Chelsea with the club reportedly agreeing a loan deal for the striker to move on a temporary basis to Crystal Palace, according to French outlet Le 10 Sport. The report also added that the deal is likely to be a season-long loan with an option to buy the player on a permanent basis for a fee of €12m.
Loic Remy does not seem to be in Antonio Conte’s first-team plans at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian having signed Michy Batshuayi while also preferring to start with Diego Costa at the front. The manager is still reportedly on the lookout for another forward to add to the squad which is likely to push Remy further down the pecking order.
The 29-year-old has managed only 7 starts in the Premier League during his two year stay at Chelsea after having signed from Queens Park Rangers, and is yet to feature for the Blues two games into the 2016-17 season (stats via whoscored).
Crystal Palace are yet to open their account in the season with two games gone. The club has seen the departure of winger Yannick Bolasie, who has joined Everton this summer.
Crystal Palace, though, have already signed Christian Benteke from Liverpool after being linked with the striker for a majority of the summer transfer window. But the report from Le 10 Sport says that Pardew is still keen to add another striker to the squad and is eyeing a reunion with Loic Remy, with the duo having been together at Newcastle.
The French international would love to move to Crystal Palace, where he would find significantly greater amount of playing time than at Stamford Bridge. The striker would bring the much-needed firepower to Pardew’s squad as the deal would equip the club with two potent attacking threats in Benteke and Remy.
If Loic Remy impresses Alan Pardew during the loan stint, the manager may decide to exercise the option of making the deal permanent, which would see Chelsea suffer a slight loss on their investment. But the Blues would be able to move the player off their books which would free up wages for a new signing while also being able to recoup most of the transfer fee they paid for the 29-year-old.