Crystal Palace will have to invest £22 million if they want to bring Chelsea bench-warmer Michy Batshuayi back to Selhurst Park on a permanent basis, as reported by the Mirror (8 October, page 53).
But as most Palace fans will tell you, despite an excellent start to the season which has them sixth with four wins out of eight, a new, reliable centre-forward would be absolutely priceless.
Christian Benteke’s struggles are well documented and show no signs of ending while Connor Wickham continues to be halted by injuries. Jordan Ayew has three league goals this season already but it seems unlikely that the former Aston Villa and Swansea forward will maintain that form over the next eight months or so.
According to The Mirror, Palace are hoping to re-sign Batshuayi, 12 months after the Belgian international arrived on loan from Chelsea and scored six goals in 11 starts.
The report adds that Batshuayi is valued at £22 million these days with the Blues apparently willing to take an £11 million loss on a player they signed from Marseille
He has played just 45 minutes of football in the Premier League this season and, despite a clinical finish off the bench in Sunday’s 4-1 thrashing of Southampton, it feels very unlikely that Batshuayi will take Tammy Abraham’s place as Chelsea’s number one striker any time soon.
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