Even with Diego Costa told by text that he isn’t a part of Antonio Conte’s plans, Michy Batshuayi probably isn’t going to get the game time he wants next season at Stamford Bridge.
While no transfers have taken place at Stamford Bridge yet, they are very likely to happen, with Romelu Lukaku the apparent favourite to replace the departing Spaniard and stand in his national teammate’s way.
With all this in mind, a move away, even just temporary, might be a good idea for the 24-year-old, and France Football believe there’s a 40% chance we could see him in Ligue 1 next season.
The reason behind this is that a move to another Premier League club of West Ham or Newcastle’s level (both said to be interested) is very unlikely to happen, meaning that a return to France could be on the cards.
Much like in England, his destinations are limited, mostly because he seems to want European football.
Nice probably can’t afford his wages, and he won’t be going to Paris Saint-Germain, which leaves Monaco, Marseille and Lyon as the only three clubs he can join there.
France Football say that a loan to his former club has been brought up by those in charge at Marseille, which is a move we suggested a few months ago as an ideal move to relaunch his halted career in England.
Look at Florian Thauvin. In the space of a season and a bit, he’s gone from forgotten at Newcastle to be allegedly wanted by AS Roma to potentially replace the departing Mohamed Salah.
That’s the kind of move Michy Batshuayi, seen by Conte as ‘Chelsea’s future’, needs.