Official: Michy Batshuayi joins Crystal Palace on loan

Crystal Palace have announced they’ve snapped up Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi on a six-month loan deal.

The Belgian striker’s time on loan at Valencia has come to an end after sporting director Mateu Alemany had announced plans to terminate their arrangement.

Batshuayi had been linked with another loan move to French side AS Monaco, but a deal broke down which led him to be linked to a possible switch to Tottenham.

But Chelsea were unwilling to loan Batshuayi to a direct top-four Premier League rival and so any move to Spurs for the 25-year-old was blocked.

West Ham and Real Betis were also strongly linked to Batshuayi but their pursuit of the Belgium international ended due to his high wages, despite having agreed to terms with Chelsea for a loan deal.

This left just Palace on the table for Batshuayi as he attempts to revive his career in the Premier League.

“I am very happy to be back in London and the Premier League, and already looking forward to being on the field – this time in red and blue!” Batshuayi told the club website.

“I’m hungry for game time and goals and I hope I will find all that here at Palace.”

Club chairman Steve Parish added: “This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace.

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“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.”

Batshuayi arrived at Chelsea in 2016 in a £33.2m transfer from Marseille and went on to score five times in 20 appearances to help the club win the Premier League title in his debut campaign.

But a lack of regular opportunities led Batshuayi to spend the latter part of last season on loan at Borussia Dortmund, where he found the net an impressive seven times in just 10 Bundesliga games.

However, the striker failed to replicate that form over in Spain for Valencia this season with just a single goal in 15 La Liga appearances.

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