Roma submit loan enquiry for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi


Roma have been linked with a move from Chelsea to Roma this summer (Picture: Getty)

Roma are stepping up their search for a new striker by submitting a loan enquiry to Chelsea for Michy Batshuayi, according to Sky Sports Italia.

The Serie A side have been linked with a season-long loan move for Manchester United‘s Alexis Sanchez and have identified Batshuayi as an alternative target.

The 25-year-old failed to make Frank Lampard’s first Chelsea squad for Sunday’s demoralising 4-0 defeat to Manchester United with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud preferred in the 18.

Batshuayi has struggled to settle at Stamford Bridge since a £33m move from Marseille in 2016, spending the past 18-months on loan with Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

Batshuayi impressed during a loan spell with Crystal Palace last season (Picture: Getty)

During the second half of last season, Batshuayi struck six goals in 13 games for Palace and that form saw him earmarked for a place in Chelsea’s squad this term.

Lampard admitted he was impressed with Batshuayi’s performance during a 4-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic in July, saying: ‘I thought Tammy, his energy up front, alongside Michy, was really good between the pair of them.

‘They showed exactly the sort of stuff I want, energy off the ball as well as on the ball, and quality.’

However, his failure to be involved at Old Trafford has led to speculation over his future, particularly as his Chelsea contract only has two years left to run.

Roma are looking to bounce back from a dismal 2018-19 campaign in which they finished sixth in the table and are in the market for a forward with Edin Dzeko tipped to join Inter.

Batshuayi has a decent strike rate of 19 goals from 53 appearances for Chelsea and netted the decisive strike against West Brom to hand them the Premier League title in 2017.





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