Sources: Leeds set sights on signing Belgium int'l available at less than half ex-£50m value
Leeds United have set their sights on signing Michy Batshuayi after he was made available by Chelsea for a cut-price move.
The Belgium international, 26, is among the many centre-forwards on the radar of United’s recruitment team as they prepare for their Premier League return.
A United source has told Football Insider that Leeds are keeping close tabs on Batshuayi’s situation after being told Chelsea will listen to reduced-price offers.
The Premier League giants valued Batshuayi at £50million two years ago when he was the subject of strong interest from rival clubs including West Ham.
A deal could not be agreed and the striker eventually joined Valencia on loan, which was sandwiched between temporary moves to Borussia Dortmund and latterly Crystal Palace.
Chelsea would now sell the front man for less than £25m after he entered the final year of his contract.
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The west Londoners are keen to sell the Belgian on a permanent transfer rather than let him go on another loan.
Batshuayi has spent this season with his parent club but has started only one match in the Premier League and Champions League, the two principal competitions.
Nevertheless, he has maintained his impressive career scoring rate by netting eight times in 25 matches at an average of a goal every 93 minutes.
Batshuayi, who has banged in 16 goals in 29 Belgium appearances, has scored 25 goals from 77 games in his stop-start Chelsea career.
He has also scored prolifically on loan at Palace, Valencia and Dortmund as well as at former clubs Marseille and Standard Liege.