Antonio Conte close to bringing Michy Batshuay to Chelsea

The Belgian forward had previously attracted interest from Crystal Palace

Antonio Conte close to bringing Michy Batshuay to Chelsea

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Antonio Conte is close to completing his first major signing as Chelsea manager as Belgian Michy Batshuay nears a move to Stamford Bridge.

The Marseille forward has attracted attention Premier League sides, in particular Crystal Palace who were reported to be tabling a bid north of £30 million for the forward, but now looks destined to be joining the 2015 Premier League champions.

Michy Batshuayi performs a somersault as he celebrates Belgium's second goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 tie against Hungary at the Stadium municipal in Toulouse (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Sky Sports report that the 22-year-old could be given "special dispensation" to have a medical with the club while in Bordeaux, where Belgium are based ahead of their European Championships quarter-final against Wales.

The deal, rumoured to be worth £33.2 million (€40.3 million), would see Batshuay sign a five-year contract with the London club.

Conte is currently preparing his Italy side for their quarter-final clash with Germany.