Chelsea could face striker crisis as frontman edges towards move to Spain

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Michy Batshuayi may be gearing up for a fresh loan move to Sevilla in Spain, which would leave Chelsea with just Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata upfront.

The Belgian striker joined the Blues back in 2016 but has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team, making just 32 appearances for the club in competitions. He spent the second half of last season on loan with German giants Borussia Dortmund and scored 9 goals in 13 games before spending the summer on international duty at the World Cup in Russia.

New Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri has only two other senior strikers on the books at the moment in Giroud and Morata, with the former having only just returned from an extended break after winning the World Cup with France and the latter enduring a torrid time in front of goal.

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Despite the lack of forwards at Sarri’s disposal going into the new Premier League campaign, it appears that Batshuayi may once again be shipped out on loan, with Sevilla the favourites to secure his services, according to Goal.

Goal also states that fellow Spanish sides Atletico Madrid and Valencia are interested the 24-year-old too, meaning a bidding war could be on the cards in the next couple of days.

If a move does go through then Chelsea could face a real crisis upfront in their upcoming campaign, particularly after the performance of Morata in the Community Shield on Sunday.

The Spaniard looks completely drained of all confidence and at the moment does not look fit to lead the line for the Blues as they bid to regain their place in the top 4.

Once Giroud returns then he is perfectly capable of being the club’s number 1 striker for the time being, but having missed pre-season he may not be ready to start for at least a few more weeks.

Sarri will now be faced with a difficult decision – does he do everything he can to keep Batshuayi with the first team or does he dip back into the market for another striker before the transfer window closes on Thursday?

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