According to The Chronicle, Rafa Benitez has ‘investigated the possibility’ of signing Michy Batshuayi on loan, with the former Chelsea boss using his well placed contacts at Stamford Bridge to strike a possible deal.
It has been recently emphasised that we are prioritising the signing of a new striker, but goal scorers don’t come cheap – especially in this day and age – and the loan market could be a fruitful option for us to exploit.
In a piece for The Chronicle last night, Mark Douglas revealed that Benitez has made contact with Chelsea over the possibility of bringing Michy Batshuayi to St. James’ Park on loan.
The 23-year old Belgian impressed when given the chance during Chelsea’s run in last season and despite bagging 3 goals on their pre-season tour, Antonio Conte appears to still view him as ‘work in progress’, suggesting a loan move could be on the cards.
Conte said the following after Batshuayi’s two-goal haul against Arsenal on their pre-season tour of China:
“Me and my staff want to improve every player and Batshuayi is a young player with great potential and it is important for him and for us to work in this way, and for him to understand what I want,”
Not only have Chelsea just signed £70m striker Alvara Morata – who limits Batshuayi’s chances of regular first team football at The Bridge this season – he speaks as if he could be sent out on loan to continue his development.
Interestingly, The Chronicle also mention Chelsea’s Loic Remy as a ‘potential stop-gap option’ but suggest Benitez is eyeing younger options who are more ‘hungry’ for success.
Manchester City’s Patrick Roberts is also mentioned as a loan option, having scored 17 goals during a spell at Celtic last season.
Batshuayi is an ambitious option and one several big clubs would be interested in taking on loan, but given Benitez’s contacts at Chelsea, our need for a top striker and Chelsea’s need for him to continue his development, this is a deal that MAY just happen.