Despite making a sensational start to his career at Stamford Bridge, Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi is already being linked with a move away from London in January’s transfer window.
The 23-year-old was Antonio Conte’s first ever signing for the Blues and though he came off the bench to score in the Premier League on his competitive debut for the club, he has amassed less than an hour of league playing time in the seven weeks since.
According to the Mirror newspaper, Batshuayi could now be set for a return to France and Ligue 1 side Marseille, who are currently being linked with a takeover by LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
However, having signed the attacker for a hefty price of £33 million just a short few months ago, it’s not yet known if Chelsea would be open to a departure so quickly after his initial arrival. It is being suggested though that the club’s Sporting Director, Michael Emenalo, was responsible for bringing the player to London rather than his new manager, which would at least explain why he has not had so much playing time to date.
Instead, French publication Le 10 Sport is reporting that a loan deal in the new year may be possible because of Batshuayi’s “attachment” to Marseille. The report states that the mooted takeover will be confirmed shortly, with the additional resources that would be made available allowing the club to consider an approach for their former favourite.
The news is unlikely to be popular with Chelsea supporters as Batshuayi has already proven to be quite a hit. Aside from his crucial goal in the league opener against West Ham, he nabbed a brace in the EFL Cup and the Blues still need back up for in-form frontman Diego Costa.