Chelsea could sell Michy Batshuayi in January to free up funds, says Smith
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has often refused to start Batshuayi this season, even when star striker Alvaro Morata has been unavailable.
Morata missed the Blues’ 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Tuesday but the Belgian striker was left on the bench, with Eden Hazard occupying a central role.
Smith says it is clear Antonio Conte wants to strengthen his squad in January and believes selling Batshuayi can help raise funds for other targets.
“He will want to get more players in in January, get a bigger squad,” Smith said of Conte.
So maybe Batshuayi would leave the club in January if Conte could use him as a bargaining tool
“He’s obviously got very little faith in Batshuayi if he’s not going to play him when it does come to rotating.
“So maybe he would leave the club in January if he could use him as a bargaining tool.
“He hasn’t rotated as much as a few of the other teams at the top there and it’s difficult if you don’t.
“I know last season they didn’t but they didn’t have the Champions League to contend with and they were winning and everything was going according to plan.
Chelsea boss Conte has refused to start Michy Batshuayi despite Alvaro Morata being unavailable
“They weren’t getting any injuries and they were on a roll.”
Chelsea currently sit third in the Premier League table, 14 points off leaders Manchester City.
They face Southampton next at Stamford Bridge tomorrow (3pm).