It’s been surprising that Michy Batshuayi’s loan spell at Valencia hasn’t gone to plan this season. The Chelsea striker hasn’t had a future at Stamford Bridge for a long time, but he impressed in a temporary spell at Borussia Dortmund last season. Now his career is in limbo once again.
Batshuayi scored seven goals in 10 Bundesliga appearances in the second half of last season, after replacing Pierre-Emerick following the Gabon striker’s move to Arsenal. However, Die Schwarzgelben opted not to make his move permanent, and the Bats Man packed his bags for La Liga in the summer.
He’s only managed a single goal in 15 league games for Los Che though, and has had season his season-long loan cut short. With no prospect of a chance at Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri, the Blues need to move him on again.
The forward has a number of suitors, with Everton emerging as a genuine contender for his services. Reports have suggested the Premier League outfit are preparing a £40m bid for the Belgian, as they look for the out-and-out striker they’ve lacked since selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.
Batshuayi has only hit seven Premier League goals in 32 appearances, but there is a player in there somewhere. Marco Silva seems to think he can coax that player out into the limelight on English soil, and the 25-year-old is just 3/1 to move to Goodison Park in the January transfer window.
However, Monaco still remain favourites for his signature. Thierry Henry is desperate for more goals, as the principality club languish in the Ligue 1 relegation zone. The Frenchman has already brought in another player from Chelsea this month, sealing a deal for experienced midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Having worked with Batshuayi as Belgium’s assistant manager, Henry clearly feels he and Fabregas can form the link to fire Les Monegasques up the table. Fabregas has been one of the Premier League’s most prolific assisters since making his debut in 2004. He’s shown he’s still capable of producing the passes since moving to France, and it could turn out to be a dream partnership for Monaco.
Batshuayi is 3/10 to sign for Les Rouges et Blancs this month. Apart from the two heavy favourites, Tottenham could be an outside bet at 16/1. Harry Kane and Dele Alli’s injuries, coupled with Son Heung-min’s absence at the Asian Games and Fernando Llorente’s limitations could inspire a Spurs bid.
However, Chelsea would be very unwilling to strengthen their fierce rivals, and a fellow top-four rival contender – especially with a loan deal, and Tottenham would be unwilling to go for a permanent transfer. West Ham have also been linked in the face of the uncertainty over Marko Arnautovic’s future, but rivalry aside, the Austrian looks set to stay at the London Stadium.
We can probably steer clear of the Hammers at 20/1. The only other interesting prospect in this market could be the possibility of Batshuayi moving to Serie A. He is 14/1 to sign for any Italian club, and there are a few in the chasing pack behind runaway leaders Juventus who could be interested in a loan. Milan, for one, look to be in need of a replacement for another loanee, Gonzalo Higuain, who’s on his way to Chelsea. The Blues could offer Batshuayi in return.