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Media Watch: Michy Batshuayi on the move, Rakitic on Chelsea links, a late bid for Willian?

With the transfer window set to close today, we bring you the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, with Michy Batshuayi linked with a return to the Premier League, a surprise late bid for Willian and a Barcelona player responding torumourshe is coming to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

 

Batshuayi heading to Everton?

The Guardian is reporting that Evertonareattempting to sign Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal which is expected to cost around £35m.

The Belgium striker is currently on loan at Valencia but he has not made an appearance for the Spanish club since the beginning of the month. West Ham United had reportedly been interested in taking him on loan for the rest of the campaign but Everton now appears a more likely destination for the 25-year-old.

With the Merseysiders already taking Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea for the season, they are only able to pursue a permanent deal for Batshuayi. However, the move may depend on whether they canagreea fee for midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain.

Willian wanted by PSG?

According to Sky Sports, PSG are also looking to make a late deadline-day bid for Willian following news that his Brazilian compatriot Neymar will be out of action for the next three months.

It was confirmed yesterday that Neymar has suffered a metatarsal injury that will keep him on the sidelines until April and cause him to miss both legs of PSG’s Champions League round of 16clashwith Manchester United.

Willian has 18 months left on his current Chelsea contract and was reportedly the subject of a bid from Barcelona earlier in the transfer window as well as interest from Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifeng.

Other deadline dayrumours

With the transfer window set to close until the summer, there are a number ofrumoursfloating about today with regards to Chelsea players.

Sky Sports have indicated that Lucas Piazon is in Italy and is set to undergo a medical before completing a loan move to Serie A strugglers Chievo.

The Brazilian midfielder helped Fulham to win promotion to the Premier League last season but he has not played since returning to Chelsea last summer.

The Daily Mail reports that West Hamareleading the chase for Danny Drinkwater, who has also been the subject of interest from Fulham, BurnleyandBournemouth.

And according to The Sun, the Hammers have also made anenquiryfor Olivier Giroud after striker Marko Arnautovic suffered a broken foot which could sideline him for the next two months.

 

Rakitic denies Chelsea link

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has played downrumourslinking him with a summer move to the Blues.

With Dutch youngsterFrenkieDe Jong moving from Ajax to Barca in the summer, widespread reports on Wednesday had suggested that Rakitic could be leaving Spain for the Premier League.

However, Mundo Deportivo reports that he is determined to remain in Catalonia.

‘Since I've been here I do not know how many times I've left and I'm back,’ said the Croatian, who scored in Barcelona's 6-1 win over Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

‘I'm more than happy here and my intention is to be here longer.

‘I gave the president a little nudge to see if he would wake up with my renewal.’

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