Everton have golden chance to finally sign Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi

Marco Silva manager of Everton looks on during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on March 17, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Chelsea reportedly want just £22m for Michy Batshuayi and Premier League strugglers Everton are crying out for a new striker.

Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea controls the ball as Mattie Pollock of Grimsby Town looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea FC and Grimsby Town at Stamford Bridge on...

Michy Batshuayi’s boasts a goals-per-game ratio that most Premier League strikers would kill for.

The Belgian international has found himself behind Diego Costa, Olivier Giroud and now Tammy Abraham since joining Chelsea from Marseille three years ago but when he gets a chance, he usually takes it.

In just four league starts, Batshuayi has scored eight times for the Blues. One of those secured the title in 2017 for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side. And in just 45 minutes of football under Frank Lampard, he’s already found the net once, coming off the bench to put the icing on a 4-1 thrashing of Southampton on Sunday.

 

But to say Batshuayi is nothing more than a super-sub does him a disservice. The 26-year-old averaged more than a goal every other game during loan spells at Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund over the last two years.

And with Palace still crying out for a natural centre-forward despite their impressive start to the season, it is no surprise that Roy Hodgson’s Eagles have made re-signing Batshuayi a priority in January (The Mail).

Michy Batshuayi of Crystal Palace celebrate after scoring 1st goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on May 12, 2019 in London,...

But Palace are not the only Premier League side who need a striker and fast. Everton are 18th right now with a measly six goals in eight matches to their name. Moise Kean is yet to open his account while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is hardly going to become a 20-goal a season man overnight, if ever.

So with The Mirror (8 October, page 53) reporting that Chelsea could be wiling to sell Batshuayi for a cut-price £22 million in January, surely this is a no-brainer for the men from Merseyside.

Everton have wanted Batshuayi for years. According to The Mirror, The Toffees were quoted £50 million when they asked about his availability in 2018, while in January The Guardian claimed that they were in talks over a deadline-day £35 million deal.

Batshuayi is cheaper than ever these days and this feels like an opportunity that Everton simply cannot afford to pass up.

Marcos Alonso of Chelsea celebrates their 4-1 victory with Michy Batshuayi during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Chelsea FC at St Mary's Stadium on October 6, 2019 in...

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