Roma have become the latest side to show an interest in signing Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea, according to reports.
Batshuayi could be looking to leave Chelsea this month in search of more first team opportunities, with Belgium manager Roberto Martinez warning him it could affect his chances of playing at Euro 2020.
The striker has found himself behind Tammy Abraham in the pecking order and therefore could be keeping his options open, as numerous clubs circle.
Aston Villa are prepared to give him the chance to stay in the Premier League, with regular striker Wesley facing a spell out with injury. Villa can no longer take the 26-year-old on loan, though, after signing Danny Drinkwater from the same club on the same terms.
The source claims that Roma are interested in the striker, as they don’t have a reliable backup for Edin Dzeko – despite claims from the board that they are happy with former Blackburn Rovers man Nikola Kalinic.
Whether Batshuayi would usurp former Manchester City hero Dzeko – who is closing in on 100 goals for Roma – or get more chances than he currently gets at Chelsea, remains to be seen.
Fellow striker Olivier Giroud is also considering his options after not getting much gametime at Chelsea, with Aston Villa again in the hunt.
“All our options are open in terms of centre-forwards,” said Smith. “We’re obviously short in the forward area.
“It’s top priority. I’d like to try and get one in before Sunday (the Premier League game at home to Manchester City) if we could.”