Sunday, January 5, 2020

Chelsea reluctant to allow Batshuayi leave

Chelsea are reluctant to allow striker Michy Batshuayi to leave in the January transfer window amid interest in a loan move from Aston Villa.

Goal can confirm that Villa have made an enquiry regarding the availability of Belgium international Batshuayi, with Dean Smith keen to bring him to Villa Park until the end of the season.

Smith was dealt a huge blow on New Year's Day as his preferred starting striker, Wesley, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Burnley that is set to see him miss the rest of the season.

Wesley, who joined Villa in a club-record deal from Club Brugge in pre-season, has started all 21 of Villa's Premier League matches this term, scoring five goals.

Batshuayi, meanwhile, has largely played back-up to Tammy Abraham since the arrival of Frank Lampard as Chelsea boss during the summer.

The 26-year-old, who has previously spent time out on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace, has made 12 substitute appearances in the Premier League under Lampard, with his only starts coming in the Carabao Cup.

But in spite of his sparse playing time, Lampard does not want to see Batshuayi - who will likely start against Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday - depart this month, though the introduction of attacking reinforcements could alter his thinking.

Having been freed to sign players after their FIFA-imposed transfer ban was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Blues are in the market for a new forward in the January window.

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