Report: Sevilla interested in signing Chelsea forward in January
Conte will only let him depart Stamford Bridge if the Blues find a suitable replacement
What's the story?
La Liga side Sevilla are looking to strengthen their attack in the January transfer window and they have their eyes on Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi.
According to Football Espana, the Andalusian side are confident of signing the 24-year-old Belgian on a loan deal. However, the deal will only go through if the Premier League side manage to find a replacement.
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Sevilla recently replaced manager Eduardo Berizzo after a string of poor results and new boss Vincenzo Montella has come in after his stint at AC Milan was cut short this season. He has already been busy, with the club signing right winger Walter Montoya.
Batshuayi, who was signed for £33m in 2016, has failed to impress Blues boss Antonio Conte to be given a regular spot in the starting lineup. This season has seen him start just two games in the Premier League and he was also asked to play with the Reserves.
The heart of the matter
Last season, Batshuayi was second choice to Diego Costa while this season has seen Alvaro Morata start more often. Even when they are not available, Conte is reluctant to use the young Belgian up front due to his inconsistent performances when leading the line.
On the other hand, Sevilla have struggled for goals up front with both Wissam Ben Yedder and Luis Muriel scoring just 8 goals combined.
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Anywhere will do now for Batshuayi who really needs to get some minutes under his belt. Conte had been trying to replace him last summer when Fernando Llorente was a target - a move that would have pushed Batshuayi down the pecking order.
With Andy Carroll linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, Batshuayi will find game time harder to come by with the English striker clearly being Conte's Plan B.
A move to La Liga for a few months will also help Batshuayi in a World Cup year if he wants to be in contention for the Belgian national team that travels to Russia in the summer.