Palace sign Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea
Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Belgium and Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan until the end of the season.
The 25 year old striker was on loan at Valencia until the end of the season, but his loan was terminated to facilitate the move to Crystal Palace.
The striker was in demand before he signed the deal, with both Everton and Tottenham in the hunt for his signature. Everton rejected the asking price of £40 million by Chelsea for a permanent move.
Steve Parish, the club’s chairman, said:
“This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace. Michy is a player we’ve long admired, and I’m delighted that we’ve finally managed to get him in a red and blue shirt. He will be a magnificent addition to our squad.”
The forward played a bit-part role under former Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, but scored the title-winning goal back in 2016/17 against West Brom. His tally stands at 19 in 53 appearances for the club.
During his time at Chelsea, he has had two other loan spells. One last season at German giants Borussia Dortmund where Batshuayi scored 9 goals in 15 games, and one this season at Spanish club Valencia. He has netted one goal in 15 La Liga appearances for Los Ches. He is the first player in the 21st century to score in England, Spain, Germany and France.
Batshuayi scored on his international debut for Belgium against Cyprus in March 2015. He has scored 12 goals in 23 appearances for his country. He’s played a part in his nation’s hunt for success. In Euro 2016, Belguim were knocked out in the quarter finals by Wales. At the 2018 World Cup, he helped Belgium finish 3rd, beating England in the 3rd place playoff.