Crystal Palace are reportedly keen to explore the possibility of a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi during the January transfer window but according to The Express, the Eagles will be asked to pay £22 million if they serious about taking the Belgian away from Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis.
The former Marseille frontman is still seen by many across the game as an adept finisher and proved as much with a goal-scoring cameo from the bench against Southampton last weekend but with his path to a regular first-team place currently being blocked by Blues academy graduate Tammy Abraham, it doesn’t take a huge mental leap to understand why Michy himself may well be open to exploring a full-time switch to SE25.
Frank Lampard has relied heavily upon youth during his early days on the Fulham Road through necessity rather than choice but it must be said that the former Derby County boss has bought into the challenge with real vigour. Given the transfer ban Chelsea are currently serving, it’s fair to assume that they’ll be splashing the cash in rather eye-catching fashion when once again given the green light; a fact which will surely only add to Batshuayi’s belief that it might be time to move onto pastures new.
The 26-year-old has just over 18 months left to run on his current contract and could easily establish himself as a key cog in the Palace machine under Roy Hodgson, should he commit to the move across London. Quite where the proposed price-tag of £22 million has come from is anyone’s guess; it’s more than possible that The Express sports desk have simply plucked it from thin air but one thing that does seem to be genuine is our desire for a reunion with last season’s loan star.
Watch this space.