Sevilla are eyeing a winter loan move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.
Sevilla are planning a 6 month loan stint for Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, according to reports. The out-of-favour striker is seeking more game time, having made only two Premier League starts this season. Batshuayi has played second fiddle to Morata this season, and with an eye on next summer’s World Cup, the Belgian could favour a move to Spain’s oldest sporting club.
Batshuayi arrived at Chelsea in a £33.2 million move, after scoring 23 goals in a Marseille shirt the previous season. With Diego Costa in tremendous form for the Blues, Batshuayi was mostly used as a substitute, but still managed 9 goals in 28 club appearances in 2016-17 – a season where Chelsea were crowned the Premier League champions.
After a much publicized spat between Conte and Costa, Chelsea brought in Morata for the hot-headed Spaniard. However, much to the agony of Batshuayi, Morata has hit the ground running and had a superb start to the season, scoring 12 times in 28 club appearances.
Consequently Batshuayi has seen game-time hard to come by and with World Cup in sight, Batshuayi would be looking for regular playing time to boost his chances in a Belgian shirt.
Sevilla, meanwhile, are currently sitting 5th in the La Liga standings, 3 points behind Real Madrid, although having played a game more. Sevilla’s striker Wissam Ben Yedder has been in amazing form this season, and has scored 14 goals this term.
However Sevilla are in troubled waters when it comes to other striking options. Their record £20 million signing, Luis Muriel, is yet to find his feet in a Sevilla shirt, and Sevilla are looking for an alternate striker.
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) September 13, 2017
Batshuayi has been good on the ball when coming on as a substitute. The Belgian has scored 9 times in 21 club appearances this term. But Batshuayi doesn’t come high on Conte’s goto-guy list, and Chelsea might be looking to bring in another striker this winter.
Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella is aware of the physicality Batshuayi offers, and is willing to offer him a 6-month escape route to prove himself to the club and more importantly, to the country.