Chelsea’s Antonio Conte left in confusion over Michy Batshuayi loan

• Manager says Belgian striker is in squad for Bournemouth game
• Player expected to join Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday

Antonio Conte has admitted his preparations for Wednesday’s visit of Bournemouth have been severely disrupted by the uncertainty surrounding Michy Batshuayi’s future at Chelsea, with the club apparently no closer to securing a replacement for the Belgium international.

Batshuayi is one link in a complex chain involving Olivier Giroud and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of transfer deadline day. The Belgian will be permitted to leave if Chelsea secure a replacement, potentially Giroud, and is wanted by Borussia Dortmund, who have allowed Aubameyang to travel to England ahead of a move to Arsenal. There remains the possibility that all three deals are scuppered by one of the prospective transfers stalling.

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