Chelsea may look to offer Michy Batshuayi in a part-exchange deal for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to The Athletic‘s Simon Johnson.
The former Blues correspondent for the Evening Standard says the London club will struggle to find a buyer for Batshuayi so they are looking at a swap deal as a possible solution.
Batshuayi is reportedly rated at £40m by Chelsea’s hierarchy, and it is highly unlikely that any team would be prepared to pay such a fee when the transfer windows opens.
Instead, they may look at the possibility of offering the Belgian in their attempts to sign Rice, who manager Frank Lampard is reportedly a big fan of.
The Hammers are very light up front and do have a longstanding interest in Batshuayi, but they are also reluctant to sell Rice, with the England international valued between £80m to £90m.
Getting rid of a player who Lampard doesn’t want to supplement an offer for a player he is keen on, looks to be a win-win situation for Chelsea. Whether it will happen, we shall have to wait and see.