Frank Lampard has given the green light to the arrival of Michy Batshuayi as part of Anthony Gordon’s potential transfer to Chelsea, claims a report.
Chelsea have joined the chase for Toffees winger Gordon and have already seen a £40m offer rejected. Newcastle are also after the 21-year-old, according to The Times.
But Chelsea appear to be leading the chase with Sky Sports confirming a bid from Chelsea has been knocked back.
Chelsea though are expected to formulate another offer for the speedy Gordon. Everton are thought to want around £50m for the Liverpool-born attacker.
It had been suggested that striker Armando Broja could be used in part-exchange. The 20-year-old earned valuable experience and showed glimpses of class on loan at Southampton last season. However he faces a struggle to get neat Thomas Tuchel’s first XI and he is available for transfer.
But a more likely part-exchange could involve Belgian striker Batshuayi.
According to Belgian reporter Sacha Tavolieri, the 28-year-old is looking for a permanent transfer after a number of loan moves.
Chelsea are also finally looking for a permanent transfer for the striker, who has been loaned to Besiktas and Crystal Palace in recent seasons.
What is more, Lampard has reportedly “validated” the arrival of Batshuayi. The Toffees boss has yet to replace Richarlison who left for Spurs for £50m earlier this summer. And with Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined, Gordon was left to lead the line against Chelsea and Aston Villa.
Lampard has been left short of options and he is well aware he needs to strengthen his squad.
Michy Batshuayi and Serhou Guirassy?
“We are looking at that [to sign a striker],” said Lampard last weekend. “Because we should be able to replace a player like Dominic Calvert-Lewin who comes three days before the match injured. Solomon Rondon was suspended so yes we are looking at players who can play in that role.”
Rennes striker Serhou Guirassy is a target. French outlet L’Equipe has reported that Lampard’s side are closing in on a deal for the 26-year-old. The move may be made easier as Paris Saint-Germain’s Arnaud Kalimuendo has just joined Rennes.
Batshuayi though maybe a deal that complements any move for Guirassy.
Batshuayi has scored 15 goals and has five assists from 77 Premier League appearances for Chelsea and Palace.
He netted 33 goals on loan at Marseille for two seasons and last term he scored 14 goals in 33 appearances for Besiktas.
And he could prove a useful addition for Everton with his experience. Lampard will be hoping the No.9 can hit the ground running if they can get a deal over the line as part of the Gordon transfer.