Beşiktaş head coach Sergen Yalçın revealed over the weekend that Chelsea have been in negotiations with his team over a move for Michy Batshuayi, and according to various reports today, an agreement has indeed been reached.
Batshuayi is set to join the Turkish Süper Lig champions on a season-long loan.
Michy Batshuayi will be in Istanbul in the next hours to complete his move to Besitkas from Chelsea, subject to medical and paperworks signing. Deal at final stages. @santi_j_fm #Besiktas #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 16, 2021
Ike Ugbo will also leave Chelsea this week to join Genk on a permanent deal.
Michy will first extend his Chelsea contract by a further year, to 2023, before heading to Istanbul for his medicals and contract signing. The extension is especially necessary as there are no further provisions in the deal, with Beşiktaş unable to get Chelsea to agree to a €4m buy-option — though others are disputing this, and claim that there might be one around £5-11m. Either way, Beşiktaş will pay a loan fee — some say €1m, some say €3m — while also taking on the 27-year-old’s full wages.
Batshuayi hasn’t really been able to impose himself since at Chelsea since his arrival in 2016, with six-month loan stint at Borussia Dortmund remaining the only successful spell he’s had since then. Hopefully he’s in for better fortunes ahead, in a relatively “weaker” league, which may be just what he needs to propel him back to the heights that were once expected of him.
Everything ok for Michy #Batshuayi: Loan signed with no option to buy at #Besiktas until the end of the season which is expected to extend until 2023 with #Chelsea. Formalization expected in the next 48 hours after the medical tests. #CFC #BelgianRedDevils #ChelseaFC #mercato pic.twitter.com/q8MW6Dr0Jc— Sacha Tavolieri (@sachatavolieri) August 16, 2021