Earlier reports of the Edin Dzeko deal breaking down and being “on the verge of collapse” have now been confirmed by various sources in both England and Italy, including our usual reliable favorites Matt Law of the Telegraph and Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia.
Everything can change in the final days of the transfer window, but there was no breakthrough in negotiations between Roma, Chelsea and Dzeko over the weekend. As things stand, no deal happening #cfc— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 29, 2018
As Law says, unless something majorly unexpected happens in the next 48 hours, Edin Dzeko will be staying at Roma. Considering the fees and wages associated with a potential transfer, that’s probably all for the better.
That said however, there are now rumblings that Michy Batshuayi might be pushing for a loan move for the second-half of the season. Conte has hinted at this before, but it’s not really been part of the narrative even as a Sevilla loan option was making serious waves not that long ago.
The Batsman transfer saga :— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 29, 2018
✔️ terms agreed with Sevilla. Negotiations with #CFC over a loan without option
✔️ Dortmund have been in touch. BVB will sell Aubameyang to #AFC when they’ve found a new striker.
✔️ Chelsea want a replacement before they loan Michy out. #cfc pic.twitter.com/5Fmm5vjhr0
The new wrinkle, and one that is apparently sounds pretty enticing to Batshuayi is the interest from Borussia Dortmund, who made contact this morning and are now “in talks” with the 24-year-old. BVB are getting close to selling Aubameyang to Arsenal, if those reports are to be believed and would have a need for a new striker themselves.
Michy Batshuayi wants to join Dortmund on loan. Talks with Chelsea ongoing. Wonder what they’ll be talking about: the option to buy him? #cfc pic.twitter.com/x2Z7qwLvll— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 29, 2018
That doesn’t change the fact that Chelsea would need a replacement before sending Michy away.
Aubameyang to Arsenal.
Batshuayi to BVB.
Soooo... Giroud to Chelsea?
If the latter two can be worked as 6-month loans, this might be okay for all involved.