Batshuayi, who spent the second half of the previous season on loan to Borussia Dortmund, joined Chelsea back in 2016 for a reported £33m fee. However, with Chelsea having Alvaro Morata as their first team regular, Batshuayi’s appearances were made limited from the bench. In his one and a half season with Chelsea, Batshuayi has made 53 appearances, scoring 19 goals.
Batshuayi’s departure would now give the 20-year-old Tammy Abraham – a subject of an interest from Aston Villa – his chances, but only after Morata and Olivier Giroud. Batshuayi’s departure comes a no surprise as it was Sarri who had earlier suggested his squad is too big and would allow players to go on loan. “I think the squad is too large, so I think some players have to go on loan,” said Sarri. “But I don’t know who at the moment. I prefer to have 23 / 24 players, and three or four very young players. No more.”
According to the Telegraph, Although Chelsea have not included an option of a permanent transfer, they will receive ‘a large loan fee for Batshuayi’ by the end of his tenure. The Belgium international, who impressed big time at Dortmund, will now hope to play a regular first-team football in Spain.
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Besides Batshuayi, central defender Kurt Zouma has joined fellow Premier League side Everton on a season-long loan. That being said, Zouma has become Marco Silva’s seventh new signing at Everton following the recent arrivals of Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes. Everton made an attempt to get Zouma in the eleventh hour of the deadline day, but had to wait until Friday to get this deal done.
Zouma joined Chelsea back in 2014 under Jose Mourinho and despite showing early promise, his first team appearances were made limited soon after Antonio Conte joined the wagon. The defender only managed just 13 appearances in their title-winning 2016-17 season before being sent out on loan to Stoke City on loan last season.
Apart from Conte’s arrival, Zouma’s progress was stalled due to an ACL injury he picked up in February 2016 which took 11 months to recover.
Another player following the same route is midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko who joined Chelsea last summer for a fee reported to be around £40 million. Having already signed Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, Bakayoko has pushed further down the pecking order behind Cesc Fabregas and Ross Barkley; and not to forget Chelsea also have Danny Drinkwater.
According to the reports, a deal between Chelsea and AC Milan in under negotiation with the former demanding €5 million loan fee for the player. The deal would also include an option to make it a permanent one for a region of around €30-35 million.