The end of Chelsea’s transfer window has been progressing towards a very adequate ending, with Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga filling in Thibaut Courtois’ shoes and Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic potentially solving the last equation in our midfield. However, there is still time for it to leave a bit of a bitter taste in our mouths.
According to always reliable Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, as well as Italian transfer oracle Gianluca Di Marzio, Valencia are still holding out hope that they can land Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on a loan deal for the season.
With Álvaro Morata showing this pre-season that he may have a long way ahead of himself to turn into the goalscorer Chelsea have expected him to become after one year at London, the fans were hoping that Michy could have a real chance at contending for a starting spot under new coach Maurizio Sarri. But these expectations will be dashed if the Belgian centre-forward leaves Stamford Bridge to join Valencia instead.
Perhaps Chelsea, and most importantly Sarri, believe Morata, Olivier Giroud and (maybe) Tammy Abraham can take the bulk of our goalscoring duties. And Michy, who is looking to be “top dog” once again after getting a taste of it at Borussia Dortmund at the second half of last season, does not want to play second fiddle to anyone.
Still, Michy is the best “fail-safe” Chelsea have in case Morata flops. And given the initial signals provided by the Spaniard in his first games under Sarri, we better keep the Batsman around for when trouble arrives at our door.