Michy Batshuayi is out for the season due to ankle ligament damage, and is returning to Cobham from Borussia Dortmund to recover, rehabilitate, and race against time to become fully fit for what could be Belgium's World Cup in Russia this summer. But while Michy's loan spell has come to a sudden, swift, and unfortunate end, the 2.5 months spent at BVB have been successful in reestablishing his credentials as a top level striker and restoring some much needed confidence both in him and for him.
The down side to this success is that Dortmund want more (Michy). Of course they do. They wanted it almost from day one, they wanted it when he scored 5 goals in his first 3 games, and they want it now, after 9 in 14, with a side of ankle. Lest we forget, BVB are still on the hunt for a long-term replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who left for Arsenal in the same three-way transfer carousel that gave Michy to them and got Giroud to Chelsea from Arsenal. If one is to believe the German fan base and media, a deal for Batshuayi seems an entirely realistic proposition due to Chelsea's perceived knack for selling (potentially) good young players.
The question is, will we do the same with Michy as with others, including the two who were just named to the PFA Team of the Year, De Bruyne and Salah?
According to Simon Johnson from the Evening Standard, Chelsea have set a price tag of approximately £50m for Batshuayi and Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, a rather unlikable figure who tends to openly speak about other teams' players while condemning others for doing so, has already previously confirmed that the German club will most certainly be pushing for the Belgian in the summer.
Earlier in the season, when the rumors of a permanent move to BVB started, and a reported fee of £53m had been supposedly set. Since then, Michy has done little else but impress, so the obvious question arises why our valuation of the player would go down, calling into question one or both of the reported figures.
While I'm comforting myself with this thought and additionally that Chelsea just can't be that daft to repeat their past mistakes, one issue has however come up which might make such a potential move to Dortmund a real possibility. Batshuayi seems to have and feel a real connection with his loan team, coaches, and teammates. This is an often observed side-effect of loan moves, and while not always decisive, can create complicated situations.
BVB instilled in Michy newfound confidence and gave him a chance to prove himself not just in private training session or injury-time cameos as he had done so often under Conte. Michy wanting to repay Dortmund for this support therefore doesn't seem far-fetched.
“EchteLiebe”, this is what Michy writes in his tweet above which is directed at Dortmund and translates to 'real love', something that I as a jealous fan hate to see. I realize that Batshuayi never ceased to support Chelsea and continuously commented on games via Twitter; nevertheless, at the very least, there seems to be a real possibility that the Belgian striker might push for a move if (more like 'when', really) Dortmund eventually do come knocking. Chelsea's recent 'sell-to-buy' policy may very well lead to a sale of the lovable Spongebob Squarepants enthusiast, especially if Antonio Conte were to stay in London.
I'm sure many supporters would be very sad to see him go, as would I.
Come back and stay, Michy! We have much ‘real love’ to give, too!