By Abigail Withey
Ligue 1 side Lille are preparing to submit a £36million bid for Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, according to a recent report.
The Mirror has revealed that the French outfit are set to end the 23-year-old’s troublesome time at Stamford Bridge with a big-money bid.
The newspaper claims that the Belgian forward had previously turned down offers from both West Ham and Crystal Palace before joining Chelsea.
But the striker has failed to break into the first team on a regular basis and could be ready to try somewhere else.
It is said that Lille are hoping Batshuayi could improve their chances in the French league this season where they have only managed to pick up three points from their first three games so far.
Batshuayi moved to Chelsea just last summer from Marseille in a deal worth £35million, but failed to impress Antonio Conte in his debut season.
During his first campaign with the Blues the forward managed just five goals in 20 Premier League appearances and featured in the starting line-up just once.
This season, the former Standard Leige academy star fell even further out favour after scoring an own goal during his side’s clash against Tottenham last weekend.
He played under current Lille manager Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille and might fancy a reunion with his old boss.
Football Insider verdict
While Batshuayi hasn’t particularly impressed fans and the Chelsea manager, he has provided a number of important goals for the club. The 23-year-old scored 11 goals last season in total, and netted the final and winning goals of the season which saw them lift the title. The forward is young and appears to be finding his feet, and despite making silly mistakes like the own goal against Tottenham, he has also shown great potential. While Conte can be ruthless, now is not the time, as he could be left in a difficult position without Batshuayi. With deadline day looming closer, Conte is cutting it fine to recruit another proven forward to alternate with new signing Alvaro Morata and could cut his club’s chances of retaining the title. The question is whether Batshuayi is happy with another bit-part role.
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