By Danny Wright
Rangers are one of four clubs in the hunt for Chelsea attacker Michy Batshuayi, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the in-demand 23-year-old is also wanted by West Ham, Monaco and Sevilla as he looks to earn first-team football after spending most of his debut season at Stamford Bridge playing second fiddle to Diego Costa.
Batshuayi won the Premier League in his first year at Chelsea, and scored the decisive goal which earned Antonio Conte’s side the silverware in a 1-0 win at West Brom in May.
It is understood that the Blues do not want to sell the ten-times Belgium international until they find a replacement.
He scored nine goals in 28 appearances for Chelsea this season, even though he started just one league game – which came after he scored the title winning goal at the Hawthorns.
The Londonders are reported to be holding interest in Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, who is valued at £100million by the Merseyside outfit.
The Mirror also claims that Costa is keen on a move to Atletico Madrid, despite their current transfer ban.
It is said that Chinese club Tianjin Quanjin are ready to offer £76million for the Spainish international, but he is reluctant to switch to East Asia.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s unclear whether or not the Light Blues would be interested in a permanent or loan move for Batshuayi, but either way, this would undoubtedly be the signing of the year in Scotland. However it is very possible that the 23-year-old would rather stay in the Premier League or seek a move back to Ligue 1, after arriving at Chelsea from Marseille last year. Rangers need a new striker in the summer, and even though Batshuayi would easily become the best in the role in the Scottish Premiership, it’s just very unlikely that the Light Blues would even be able to afford his wages. Pedro Caixinha has made some good signings so far but there’s no point in pursuing the Chelsea ace, because it would simply be a waste of time.