Sunday 30 April 2017

Antonio Conte set to offload Chelsea flop this summer just one year after signing him for €40m

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Brentford at Stamford Bridge on January 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Brentford at Stamford Bridge on January 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It is looking increasingly likely that Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi will leave Stamford Bridge in the summer after just one season at the club.

Chelsea beat West Ham to the signature of the Belgian international, who joined from Ligue 1 side Marseille in a £33m transfer.

Batshuayi arrived in south-west London with a burgeoning reputation having scored 17 goals in 36 league appearances for l’OM. However he has failed to make a single Premier League start under Antonio Conte and has scored only one goal in the competition.

The forward last appeared for Chelsea on February 12 when he played the last three minutes in a 1-1 draw with Burnley, having been left on the bench for the whole of the club’s recent 3-1 win against Swansea.

The player understands that it is in the interest of all parties for him to leave Stamford Bridge, but favours a loan move rather than a transfer, according to the Evening Standard.

Conte will reportedly hold a meeting with the player at the end of the current season as they attempt to work out the best possible move for the striker, with Batshuayi still determined to prove that he can succeed at the club.

His future at Chelsea could yet be decided by the club’s transfer activity this summer.

The club have been linked with moves for Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Celtic forward Moussa Dembele while Conte’s primary transfer target is thought to be Alvaro Morata, who has been unable to break into the Real Madrid first-team this season.

(© Independent News Service)

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