By George Overhill

1st Aug, 2022 | 9:10pm

Everton receive boost in chase of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is open to an Everton move this summer as the club looks to find an answer at striker, talkSPORT reports.

The Belgian international is a player that manager Frank Lampard has worked with before at Stamford Bridge and he wants to do so again.

The former England international wants to sign Batshuayi on a permanent deal this summer and 90min report that the two clubs are in talks over the move.

The Toffees had spent much of the summer chasing fellow Chelsea forward Armando Broja, but have struggled to make a breakthrough as Thomas Tuchel is against the Albanian leaving.

Lampard is need of help in the goalscoring department, having seen main threat from last season Richarlison depart to Tottenham during the window.

Batshuayi, 28, has been at Stamford Bridge for six years, but has spent half of that time out on various loans, the most recent being with Besiktas in Turkey last seasson were he scored 14 and assisted five in 33 Super Lig appearances.

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The former Crystal Palace and Dortmund loanee may not be the Chelsea forward that fans were hoping for but there is scope for this move to be a blessing in disguise.

Batshuayi has never been given an extended run in the team in west London, but still has a decent scoring record of nearly one in three, with 25 goals in 77 appearances.

His last appearances for them were when Lampard was in charge during the 2019/20 season, although he was rarely first choice even then, having to battle for time with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham.

He may not be an absolutely top-tier player, but with a year left on his contract and clearly surplus to requirements he shouldnโ€™t cost a huge amount, in stark contrast to Broja.

He has scored goals in the Premier League, and coming off his best season since the one for Marseille that preceded his ยฃ33million move to England originally, might be ready to surprise.

A replacement for Richarlison he may not be at this stage, but he has ability and could be a solid signing if he is given the sort of run in the Toffees team that he got in Turkey last term.

Chelsea are ready to sell and he is open to the move so there is little reason for this move not to get done now, especially with Ellis Simmsโ€™ loan move making striker help a real priority for Everton.