Michy Batshuayi set to leave, Chelsea targets Barcelona’s Suarez as replacement

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea arrives during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

CHELSEA outcast Michy Batshuayi is reportedly being lined up for a loan move to Sevilla this month.

ESPN claim that the Belgian could be set to depart Stamford Bridge in order to save his World Cup dream.

Batshuayi has barely featured under Antonio Conte this season, with the Italian preferring to go with Eden Hazard as his main striker when Alvaro Morata has been unavailable.

It means the 24-year-old is now sweating over his future in west London.

And with the world’s biggest tournament on the horizon, Batshuayi could now be set for a move to Spain to secure regular action.

New Sevilla boss Vincenzo Montella has apparently identified the hitman as the perfect short-term signing.

And with Chelsea reportedly in the market for a new striker themselves, the time could be right for Batshuayi to make his exit.

Meanwhile, CHELSEA are eyeing up Barcelona’s Denis Suarez as a replacement up top for Michy Batshuayi.

Batshuayi is a regular benchwarmer for the Blues and is likely to want a move this month to give himself a shot at getting in Belgium’s World Cup squad.

Chelsea are said to be open to letting him go on loan – but only if a replacement can be found.

And it’s claimed they’ve now identified someone to come in, although not as a like-for-like replacement.

Ian McGarry said on the latest episode of The Transfer Window podcast: “Chelsea have been looking to add more firepower since the summer window.

“Antonio Conte was prepared to give Michy Batshuayi a chance to prove himself but that’s proven not to have worked out.

“If Batshuayi wants to leave in order to prove himself for a place in Belgium’s squad at the World Cup, then that would happen, as long as Chelsea can get someone in.

“What they haven’t found in a natural goalscoring striker and instead have turned their attention to a Barcelona player who is available for transfer – Denis Suarez.

“He’s a player they (Barcelona) let go with a buy-back clause and because he was playing so well in La Liga they did buy him back.

“He made an instant impression but has since fallen out of favour and is available for transfer.

“He’s very much in the mould of Barcelona’ current attacking midfielders such as Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard – not an out-and-out striker but certainly someone who can get goals.”

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