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Atlético Madrid join Michy Batshuayi loan queue — report

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Batsman’s list of suitors keeps growing, despite Chelsea wanting to keep him at the Bridge

According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Atlético Madrid are the latest to join the chase for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi. It is already a big line, composed of fellow Spaniards Sevilla and Valencia, Premier League’s Everton and Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund — although the latter may not really be in for the fight.

Atlético’s biggest competitors for Michy — aside from Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri’s own interest in retaining him for the season — would be Valencia. L’Equipe claims the Murciélagos have been in talks with the Belgian striker for several weeks, trying to convince him that it would be in his best interest to join them. They have a Champions League spot to offer, as well as manager Marcelino’s playing style, in a 4-4-2 shape similar to what he saw during his times at Olympique Marseille.

Either arrangement would be a loan without an option to buy, with Michy keen on regular playing time after his loan spell at Dortmund. And whereas this report claims Chelsea would not oppose a loan move for Michy, previous reports say otherwise. Also, with Morata showing that he is still finding it difficult to properly connect his body with the ball to finish a chance, despite that being his main function as a striker, there is a good chance that the Batsman will get all the minutes he can handle at Stamford Bridge already.