Almost done: Chelsea to agree swap deal with London club for Batshuayi – Not Arsenal

Having seen their record-signing Alvaro Morata look tired and out of form, Chelsea are considering bringing in a new striker to the team before Wednesday–the deadline day. They have been linked with numerous strikers including Dzeko, Caroll, Crouch and Olivier Giroud.

Michy Batshuayi who has been used as Morata’s back up throughout this season is clearly not rated by Conte despite scoring 12 goals in all competitions for the Blues so far this season. The 24-year-old Belgian striker who joined Chelsea from Ligue 1 side Marseille in 2016 has only been used by Conte as a second-choice striker to Diego Costa (before his move to Atletico Madrid), and to Alvaro Morata.

The Italian manager is considering exchanging him for his long-time target Fernando Llorente who currently plays for Mauricio Pochettino’s side Tottenham Hotspur, according to report. The Spanish forward has been drawing Conte’s attention since last summer during his time at Swansea City, but the coach was unable to get him before he signed for Tottenham.

While reacting to Batshuayi’s transfer speculations on Saturday, Conte told Newsmen that the Belgian is in the best position to make decision over his future.

Llorente who is also a fringe player in Pochettino’s team due to Harry Kane’s incredible form could easily be convinced to join the West London club, but it is yet to be seen if the Argentine coach would want him leave Wembley Stadium in the on-going transfer market.


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