Crystal Palace are close to completing the signing of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan for the 2020/21 season.

The Belgian striker is out of favour at Stamford Bridge, having fallen behind Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and new signing Timo Werner.

And with the delayed Euro 2020 next summer, Batshuayi is keen to get first-team football to ensure he makes it into Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad when the time comes.

The 26-year-old has signed a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge, and will join Palace for the second loan spell in two years, having spent six months at Selhurst Park in the second half of the 2018-19 season.

During that time, the former Marseille striker scored five goals in 11 Premier League appearances and will be hoping to have a similar impact when he completes this move.

Palace are in need of strikers having struggled to find the net last season, and are set to lose Alexander Sorloth thanks to a clause in his contract that seems to have backfired on the Eagles.

The Norwegian striker scored 32 goals for Trabzonspor last season after joining on a two-year loan, and the move can be made permanent for a fee of £5.5m.

The Turkish side are expected to trigger that clause as they have qualified for the Champions League next season after finishing second in the league, but could also turn a quick profit on the forward, with RB Leipzig interested.

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