London rivals were interested in signing of £40m-rated Chelsea forward

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According to a report from The Express, Premier League outfits Crystal Palace were interested in securing the services of Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi in the summer window. However, the Blues slapped a £40m price-tag over the forward head and the Eagles refused to meet the asking price..

Belgian forward has endured a frustrating time at Stamford Bridge in the past, since making the switch from Marseille back in 2016. He spent last campaign on loan with La Liga outfits Valencia and Crystal Palace, following a spell to German club Dortmund.

The West London club were short on attacking options, having sold Spanish attacker Álvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid and opted against making Gonzalo Higuain loan spell permanent, and as the Blues are currently under a transfer ban, Frank Lampard was hesitant in letting Belgianforward go off this summer.

Batshuayi will compete forward starting spot at Stamford Bridge with Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud under Frank Lampard in the 2019/20 season.

However, the former Marseille man was not involved in the Blues crushing loss at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Belgium international impressed during his loan spell at Selhurst Park last campaign, founding back of the net 6 times in 13 games in all competitions for Palace.

Eagles head-coach Roy Hodgson revealed that his team would be keen to re-sign Belgian forward had he been available this summer, and the Eagles were in the market for another forward ahead of the transfer deadline, however, failed to bring in a forward option on the deadline day.