Crystal Palace close in on loan deal for Chelsea striker Batshuayi

Crystal Palace are set to sign Michy Batshuayi on loan – with the Chelsea striker pretty much confirming a deal was in place.

The 26-year-old scored twice for Belgium in their UEFA Nations League fixture against Iceland last night.

And asked by reporters if he was set to sign for the Eagles, he replied: “I think that you are along the right lines.”

Batshuayi had a successful previous loan with Palace in 2019 and netted six times in 13 appearances.

The Eagles had been lining up a move for Blues midfielder Conor Gallagher but Premier League rules state you can only take one player for any club on a temporary deal.

It means the England U21 international, who spent time with Charlton and Swansea last season, will not be signing for the SE25 outfit.

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 12 May 2019

Batshuayi is due to be out of contract next summer but Chelsea want him to sign an extension before they let him head out and gain first-team football.

He looks unlikely to get much game time at Stamford Bridge with the west London club snapping up Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

Batshuayi’s only Premier League start last season came against Manchester United.

The Brussels-born centre-forward has scored 25 goals in 77 matches for Chelsea. He has also played for Standard Liege, Olympique Marseille, Valencia and Borussia Dortmund.

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