Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Everton enter the race for Chelsea outcast Batshuayi

Everton enter the race for Chelsea outcast Batshuayi

But Blues manager Maurizio Sarri should give the 25-year-old striker the chance to earn a spot in his team, as both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have failed to cement a starting XI position.

Once touted as one of Europe's most prolific forwards, Batshuayi has struggled to live up to expectations since leaving Marseille in 2016.

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"At the moment we are negotiating with several clubs the departure of Michy Batshuayi", the sporting director told reporters. "I've played with him and I know what he could do".

The reigning Super Lig champions could face competition from Everton who are keen on Batshuayi but only as a permanent transfer option according to Sky Sports. Valencia say he will leave the club as soon as possible but his time in Spain might not be finished.

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Batshuayi joined Valencia on a season-long deal last summer from Chelsea.

Alexander Sorloth recently completed a loan move to Belgian side KAA Gent, whilst Christian Benteke has missed the last four months as a result of a knee injury, leaving the club with just on-loan forward Jordan Ayew as their sole fit striker.

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If we take into consideration, his very bad record with Valencia this season, there is always a risk associated in signing Batshuayi but a loan deal till the end of the season certainly wouldn't hurt Everton from a financial perspective, especially with Chelsea likely to sign a new forward this month. The Belgian's only played 32 times in the Premier League, although still a damn sight more than some of the Blues' loanees, but he's played almost as many games in La Liga and the Bundesliga in that time.

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