Chelsea make major contract decision over wantaway star with transfer edging closer

Chelsea are reportedly set to offer striker Michy Batshuayi a new contract before allowing him to join Turkish outfit Besiktas on-loan.

As per The Athletic, the Belgian is set to complete a season-long switch to the Istanbul club having fallen dramatically down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

According to the reports, the two clubs originally opened dialogue over a permanent deal but with a fee having failed to be agreed, focus has now shifted to a potential loan deal.

However, before the former Marseille man departs, he is expected to pen a new contract at Stamford Bridge so Chelsea can avoid losing him for free next summer with his current deal set to expire.

The 27-year-old’s expected move to Besiktas is yet another temporary move away from west London in what has been a hugely disappointing period at Chelsea for Batshuayi.

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He was originally signed from Marseille in the summer of 2016 and went on to score 11 goals in all competitions during his first season as the Blues lifted the Premier League under Antonio Conte.

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Michy Batshuayi in action during The Mind Series against Arsenal.

Since then though, he has only managed to score a further 16 goals for the Blues and has been sent out on various loan spells to Borussia Dortmund and Valencia, as well as two spells with Crystal Palace.

Batshuayi only managed to find the net twice in 20 outings for the Eagles last term.

His Stamford Bridge career has been all-but ended by a number of expensive investments in Chelsea’s frontline in recent seasons with Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku arriving from RB Leipzig and Inter Milan respectively.

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He could be the third striker to depart Chelsea this summer following Olivier Giroud’s exit, while Tammy Abraham appears on the verge of a move to AS Roma.

Batshuayi admitted last season that he did not feel fully trusted with adopted club Crystal Palace, with his Blues chances now looking even more remote.

He said: “I get a breath of renewed energy when I come into the national team, because it’s very hard for me at my club.

“The club and the national team are different. The coach, the team members and the system are different from that at Palace.

“With the Red Devils, I feel a lot of trust from the coach; trust that I do not get there [at Palace].”

Source by Football London

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