Good news, Chelsea fans: £50million asking price set for in-form striker to seal summer transfer

Chelsea fans will be pleased to know their club are requesting offers of at least £50million to let striker Michy Batshuayi leave permanently in the summer transfer window.

The Belgium international has impressed on loan at Borussia Dortmund this season and it looks like a mistake by the Blues to let him leave and replace him with the misfiring Olivier Giroud.

The former Arsenal ace has just three goals since he joined in January, while Batshuayi managed an impressive nine in 14 appearances for Dortmund before an injury looked to end his season.

It remains to be seen if Batshuayi will play for Dortmund again, as £50m looks a little steep for the Bundesliga giants.

Other clubs may want to take note, however, as the Evening Standard report that’s how much Chelsea want for the player they may now be regretting not giving more opportunities to.

Chelsea need changes up front this summer after a poor season from Alvaro Morata as well, with Don Balon linking them with a move for Bayern Munich hit-man Robert Lewandowski.

Premier League giants handed Champions League boost after new rules are rubber-stamped

Finishing fourth in the Premier League has just become even more valuable.

UEFA have rubber-stamped proposals that would see the top-flight team finishing in that position go straight into the Champions League group stage.

Previously, any team that came fourth in England, Spain, Italy and Germany had to negotiate a play-off to enter the Champions League proper.

However, the restructure means that ahead of the 2018/19 season this will be scrapped, with the top four guaranteed entry into the premier club competition.

The tournament will also now have two new kick-off times, with the traditional 7.45pm kick off being replaced by 5.55pm and 8pm.

The news will come as a boost to teams who finish fourth, knowing that they will have a spot in the group stages, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Winning the Champions League – or Europa League – will also guarantee entry into the last 32.

However, if two teams who finish outside England’s top four win those two competitions, then the fourth-placed team would drop into the Europa League.

here will also be six other qualifiers – four champions of their domestic league, two ‘non-champions’ – to make up the group stages.

The teams who finish fifth and sixth in the Premier League are also guaranteed a spot in the Europa League group stages.

The 2019 Champions League final will be played in Madrid, Spain, on June 1.

Tottenham are currently sitting in fourth place, seven points ahead of Chelsea with five games left in the season.

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