Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has not been included in Frank Lampard’s plans for a while and has ‘no future’ with the Blues, according to Het Laatste Nieuws.
With a contract expiring in 2021, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is ‘looking for a solution’ for the 26-year-old.
The Belgian is no longer a young talent and the report states he has the image of a ‘drunken, cheerful striker who did not survive at the highest level’.
Having paid €40m to acquire his services in 2016, the Premier League side have ‘been accepting a sale at a loss for a while’. West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Marseille and AS Monaco are mentioned as his admirers.
HLN also states Chelsea are still following Dries Mertens, whose contract at Napoli runs down in the summer.
Vincenzo Morabito, the intermediary, revealed Frank Lampard calls the 32-year-old ‘almost daily’. These claims have been dismissed by the Belgian newspaper.
The English side, however, are ‘still in contact’ with the Serie A man, but ‘there is no pressure’ on him.
Chelsea believe Mertens’ addition would allow them to use him in four different positions; anywhere in the front three and as a second striker, something Lampard couldn’t do with his compatriot.
If the English side sign Mertens, he could replace Batshuayi as the latter is expected to leave Stamford Bridge.