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Everton 'interested' in pursuing deal for Batshuayi

| Friday, 11 January 2019 0comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are once again being linked with a move for Michy Batshuayi, the Belgian international striker who is returning to Chelsea this month following an unproductive loan spell with Valencia.

Batshuayi was first linked with the Blues when Roberto Martinez was in charge at Goodison Park but he eventually secured a move to Stamford Bridge, following in the footsteps of his compatriot, Romelu Lukaku.

The 25-year-old was largely overlooked by Antonio Conte during Chelsea's title-winning season in 2016-17 but still made 32 appearances over two years after joining the Londoners from Marseille and actually scored the goal that clinched the Premier League championship.

Batshuayi spent a time last season on loan with Borussia Dortmund where he notched seven times in 10 games before picking up an ankle ligament injury that prematurely ended his season.

The Mail and Sky Sports sources say that Everton are interested in signing Batshuayi.

Chelsea are thought to be looking to loan him out again after his spell with Valencia was terminated with him having scored just once in La Liga but with Kurt Zouma already at Goodison for the season, Everton would only be able to acquire Batshuayi in a permanent deal, said to be around £14m, and then only if they sell one of their existing strikers.

Oumar Niasse has already been linked with a move away while Cenk Tosun has struggled to make an impact in England and the Liverpool Echo suggest that while they remain with the club, no new striker is likely to be signed.

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