Chelsea are willing to let Michy Batshuayi leave the club on loan this month only if they find a way to bring either Andy Carroll or Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez at the Stamford Bridge, quotes a report from IBTimes.
Batshuayi, who has only started two league games this season, is keen on playing first-team football given that the FIFA World Cup only five months away. But with Alvaro Morata being preferred as the first-team striker, regular football has been hard to come by for the Belgian. Meanwhile, as things stand for La Liga’s Sevilla, they are reportedly keen on bringing subtle attacking reinforcements, hence, have identified Michy Batguayi as one potential target.
Judging by the look of things, it is safe to say Antonio Conte doesn’t rate Batshuayi high enough and the fact that he has preferred playing Hazard as false-9 in Morata’s absence is the perfect specimen of it. Furthermore, as far as things stand for Antonio Conte, he has already admitted that he won’t stand in the way of the players who want to leave the club in the current transfer window, but only if the board manages to acquire a perfect replacement.
“I prefer to have players who are very happy to stay here than to have players that are unhappy, because when you are unhappy you transfer this to the other players, to me, to my staff,” Conte was reported as saying by ESPN on 2 January. “I don’t like this. If we can avoid this I’d like to avoid this situation.”
Furthermore, according to a recent report from the Sky Sports, Chelsea have already braced themselves for Batshuayi’s departure, but will only sanction a deal if West Ham United’s Andy Carroll is acquired. The aforementioned source quotes that Chelsea have already contacted West Ham over a potential deal (permanent deal). But then again, West Ham are demanding Batshuayi as part of the deal and are demanding £20m for Carroll.