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Chelsea transfer rumour: AC Milan keeping tabs on Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi

Sagnik Kundu
798   //    11 Oct 2016, 20:04 IST

Michy Batshuayi has failed to secure a first-team spot at Chelsea

Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has caught the eyes of Serie-A side AC Milan with the Italian giants interested in signing him in January. Milan is reportedly monitoring the Belgian, especially after they realized that Harry Kane is not for sale. According to Mirror, AC Milan have the 23-year-old on their radar.

Batshuayi has not made a single Premier League start since joining Chelsea and could be on the move in the winter transfer window.

The Belgian arrived at Stamford Bridge for £33m after a brilliant season at Ligue 1 side Marseille and was thought to be a long-term replacement for Diego Costa. He scored 17 goals and assisted a further nine in the French top division in 2015-16.

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However, Batshuayi has featured in just 5 Premier League games as a substitute and has just played for 53 minutes. He scored Chelsea's 80th-minute leveler at Vicarage Road in the 2-1 victory over Watford. The Belgian also scored a brace in the English Football League Cup fixture against Bristol Rovers but has been benched for the league games with Costa featuring as Conte's first-choice striker. 

Speaking about the talented striker, Conte had earlier commented that Batshuayi would be a signing for the future. He also said that he was impressed by the 23-year-old's strength and capabilities with both feet.

He said in July, "I think Michy can make an impact because he is a young player but very strong, with good technique. He uses two feet. He is a great talent. I am very happy that Batshuayi is with us and I know the club bought a great player for the present and the future.”

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AC Milan's imminent new Chinese owners are prepared to spend millions as they look to overhaul the squad. Their plan to replenish AC Milan's glory in Europe is in full flow. The Serie-A side already have Carlos Bacca, M'Baye Niang, Luiz Adriano and Gianluca Lapadula to play the number 9 role. However, the new owners want to add young energy to the forward line and Batshuayi fits the profile perfectly.

The former Liege striker has not been at the London club very long, but he still could be on his way out if AC Milan have their way.

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