The reason why Michy Batshuayi cannot join Everton on loan from Chelsea in January

Michy Batshuayi’s future is up in the air at present with the striker set to return to Chelsea in the coming days.

The 25-year-old joined Valencia on loan in the summer but he has not impressed during his time at the Mestalla.

There has been plenty of talk that Los Che would cut the Belgian’s deal short after only netting three goals in his 23 games for the club this season, but it was confirmed on Thursday by Mateu Alemany, the club’s sporting director, that he would be heading back to west London.

“I expect he will leave in the coming hours or days.

The player knows he is leaving, we told him some weeks ago.

“We hope that, for his sake, this can be resolved as soon as possible.

Although Chelsea have issues upfront with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud both struggling to find the net on a regular basis this season, it appears that Batshuayi will once again depart on loan.

However, if he does indeed end up at Goodison Park it will have to be a permanent deal.

Kurt Zouma’s loan move to Everton at the start of the season means they cannot sign another player on a temporary basis from the Blues.

The only way Batshuayi could join the Toffees on loan is if Zouma’s deal is made permanent or he returns to Stamford Bridge before the transfer deadline.