Premier League pair Crystal Palace and West Ham United could reportedly offer Michy Batshuayi an escape route out of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea this summer.
Crystal Palace are keen to bring £33 million Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi back to Selhurst Park this summer while Het Nieuwsblad claims that Roy Hodgson’s side will face competition from West Ham United.
Four years since a Belgian international swapped Marseille for Stamford Bridge after his eye-catching showings in Euro 2016, Batshuayi would be forgiven for growing frustrated with life in West London.
After all, this most instinctive of goalscorers has barely been given a chance under a succession of managers at Chelsea.
He has actually started just five Premier League games for the Blues since the start of the 2016/17 campaign, with one of those coming since Frank Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri in the dugout.
So a parting of the ways feels like the best solution for all parties. Reports in his native Belgium claim that Chelsea are hoping to cash in on the £125,000-a-week benchwarmer with compatriot Dries Mertens lined up as a potential replacement.
Batshuayi scored six times in 11 games on loan at Crystal Palace during the 2018/19 season so it is no surprise that The Eagles would welcome him back to their nest. Roy Hodgson is desperate to bring a real goal-poacher to Selhurst Park and Batshuayi has already proven his goalscoring chops at the London outfit.
West Ham are interested too. The one-time Anderlecht youngster would surely represent a substantial upgrade on the seldom-seen Albian Ajeti, providing some competition for the enigmatic if inconsistent Sebastian Haller.