ROMA are eyeing a loan move for Michy Batshuayi as a cheaper alternative to Alexis Sanchez, according to reports.
The fallen giants are struggling to secure a deal for Sanchez due to his staggering £505,000-a-week wages.
And Sky Sports Italia are reporting that Batshuayi, 25, is next up on their radar as they look to add more firepower.
He is under contract until 2021 but despite Chelsea’s transfer ban, the £33million signing does not look like getting much action.
Blues chief Frank Lampard started youth product Tammy Abraham up front in the humiliating defeat to Manchester United, with Olivier Giroud on the bench.
The youngster smashed an effort against the post early on before being marked out of the game by the impressive Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
Sanchez, meanwhile, could end up spending the season with the reserves if United cannot find a buyer by the September 2 deadline.
SunSport exclusively revealed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was taking the extreme step as he looks to offload the flop, 30.
Roma want him on loan but refuse to pay his huge salary and the Old Trafford side may have to share the burden to get him out.
Otherwise, United will have to fork out another £8.6MILLION in wages until the January transfer window on a player Solskjaer does not want in the first team.
Solskjaer has not been keen on the Chilean forward since day one, having watched from afar as he failed to spark for United.
Sanchez proved to be a negative influence behind the scenes too during Jose Mourinho’s reign.