Michy Batshuayi has joined Crystal Palace on a loan deal until the end of this season.
The Belgian international striker has been on loan at Valencia this season, but in a late deadline day move has made the switch to south London as part of an agreement with his parent club Chelsea.
Palace Chairman Steve Parish said: “This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace. Michy is a player we’ve long admired, and I’m delighted that we’ve finally managed to get him in a red and blue shirt. He will be a magnificent addition to our squad.”
The 25-year-old has built a reputation as a prolific goal-scorer in his eight years as a professional. Batshuayi began his professional career at Standard Liège in 2011, scoring 44 goals in 120 games across all competitions. He joined Marseille in 2014, scoring 33 goals in 78 appearances over two seasons.
In July 2016, he was signed by Chelsea, and scored the goal that won the Premier League title in his debut season. He would score 19 goals in 53 games, before being loaned to Borussia Dortmund last season where he notched nine goals in 14 games.
This season, he has featured in 23 matches for Valencia, scoring three goals whilst on loan, and became the first player to score in the top divisions in England, Spain, France and Germany during the 21st century.
Batshuayi scored on his international debut for Belgium against Cyprus in March 2015, and has 12 goals in 23 appearances for his country, playing a part in the side that reached the quarter-finals of UEFA Euro 2016 and third place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Stay tuned to cpfc.co.uk and the club’s social media channels on Friday for further information on Michy Batshuayi’s arrival in south London.