Everton are currently in talks with Chelsea over a permanent deal for Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi, according to Football.London.
The Merseysiders have earmarked Batshuayi as a potential replacement for Richarlison, who earlier in the window joined Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth around £60million (BBC).
Everton have identified the 28-year-old as an option, with Toffees boss Frank Lampard playing a significant role in their current stance.
Batshuayi played quite frequently under Lampard when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge, with the Merseysiders said to have opened talks over a possible deal to facilitate a move for the attacker.
Batshuayi is in line to become a free agent next summer when his current contract with the Blues expires.
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The Blues have struggled to move out Batshuayi permanently from their roster, with the striker spending most of his time away on loan after signing for them back in 2016. The Belgian has failed to hit the expectations so far, which has led to this situation.
Even if Tuchel could use a centre-forward following Romelu Lukaku’s loan move to Inter Milan (ESPN), Batshuayi looks not likely to be a solution. After all, the latter has not shown any signs of being a dependable option for the London-based side.
Furthermore, this summer could be the final opportunity that could provide Tuchel’s team with a chance to earn a decent fee for Batshuayi. Hence, selling him would be the wise decision, plus club legend Lampard appears to have lent a hand to help his former club once again, going by this latest update.
Keeping hold of fringe players beyond this summer would do them no good, especially as they try to overcome their current delicate situation. There are fears among the fans about possible squad unrest, so parting ways with forgotten stars like Batshuayi would be for the best in the end.