Report: Everton prepared to pay £40million for 25-year-old striker

Everton are eyeing a summer swoop for Chelsea-owned forward Michy Batshuayi, according to the Express.

Everton boss Marco Silva tried to sign the Belgium international during the January transfer window, but a move for him failed to materialise.

Silva is reportedly willing to pay Chelsea’s £40million asking price for Batshuayi, however, in news that will be a blow to Palace’s hopes of signing the 25-year-old.

Batshuayi is on his third loan stint away from Chelsea, having been sent out to Valencia for the first half of this season, and Borussia Dortmund last year.

He failed to live up to expectations with the La Liga side and was only able to score one goal from 15 league appearances for Los Che.

It’s claimed the Toffees will face strong competition from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, however.

Batshuayi had seven goals from 10 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund last term, before injury ruled him out for the rest of the season.

And the German club have made it clear they are interested in bringing him back to Signal Iduna Park on a permanent deal.

With Chelsea in midst of a two-window transfer ban due to their recruitment of foreign minors, it’s uncertain as to whether his exit will be sanctioned, however.

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