CHELSEA will give Michy Batshuayi a pay hike and then find him a shop window with a loan deal.
The Belgian striker, 26, is to be offered an extension to avoid him walking away for nothing next summer.
No clubs who can afford Batshuayi have shown an interest in this window, so Chelsea hope by giving him a further year he can go out and increase his value.
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The terms could see Batshuayi get a £15,000 rise to £100k-a-week — a lot of money for a player down the pecking order under manager Frank Lampard.
However, any club taking him on loan would be asked to pick up the tab and pay most of that salary for a season.
The news has put Crystal Palace, West Brom and Newcastle on alert.
They could not afford to buy him but now they could loan him.
Batshuayi has been at Palace on loan before and they have a strong chance of getting him.
But they are also in for team-mate Conor Gallagher and Prem rules mean they cannot take both on temporary deals.
That could open the door for Leeds, who are pushing to take England Under-21 midfielder Gallagher who is likely to go out for games once he signs a new contract.
Elland Road transfer dealer Victor Orta is keen on him and there may be a better chance of a start at Leeds than at Palace.
But chief Marcelo Bielsa has taken players in the past and left them out.
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