Crystal Palace appear to be finally making some inroads in the transfer market with the arrival of Max Meyer reportedly on the horizon, but a recent report from RMC Sport (via The Sun) suggests that they may fall short in their bid to sign Michy Batshuayi on loan this summer.
According to the report, Maurizio Sarri has told Batshuayi that he has a role to play at Chelsea and will not be allowed to leave this summer.
It appears that the arrival of Chelsea’s new chief could give Batshuayi a second bite at the cherry next season, however, Palace should not give up on their pursuit even though recent reports suggest they could struggle to sign the Belgium international.
First and foremost, Palace need a goal-scoring striker and that’s exactly what Batshuayi is, as he demonstrated during a short-term loan spell with Borussia Dortmund earlier this year.
The 24-year-old striker (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) hit the ground running in the Bundesliga at the spearhead of Dortmund’s attack by netting 7 goals from 10 appearances for the club before an injury ruled him out of contention towards the end of the campaign.
His clinical record is exactly the type of strike rate which Palace will need next season following Christian Benteke’s abysmal run season and, if they could convince him to move to Selhurst Park with the promise of regular first-team football, there’s no doubt they would take a massive step towards ensuring their survival.
In stark contrast to the static Benteke, Batshuayi would provide mobility in the final-third which should enable Hodgson to form an electric front-three with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend playing either side of him in wide positions.
Recent reports may suggest that Batshuayi has a role to play at Chelsea, but exactly how big will that role be?
If Sarri entrusts Morata to start the season as the club’s number nine striker then Bathsuayi will certainly be tempted by the prospect of a loan move away from the club and, if that proves to be the case, Palace should be on hand to secure a season-defining acquisition.
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