Chelsea have allowed striker Michy Batshuayi to join Borussia Dortmund on a loan deal to the end of the season.
Although Batshuayi has scored 10 goals in all competitions for Chelsea this term, he failed to displace first-choice striker Alvaro Morata, starting only three Premier League games.
Dortmund were looking for reinforcements having seen star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang depart for Arsenal earlier on Wednesday, while Ousmane Demebele left for Barcelona in a big-money move during the previous transfer window.
Batshuayi’s move to Signal Iduna Park completes a triangle of deals with Olivier Giroud having left Arsenal to join Chelsea.
Having failed to nail down regular first-team football in the first half of the campaign, Belgium international Batshuayi has a firm target in mind.
“In order to reach my big goal, I want to play as much as I can and score many goals,” he told the club’s official website. “In the summer, the World Cup takes place.”
Dortmund Sporting director Michael Zorc has hailed the deadline-day move as a coup for the club, saying: “Michy is a young, very interesting striker who boasts a good goalscoring record and has shown his extraordinary quality at Chelsea and Olympique Marseille, in the Belgian league and while playing for the national team.”
Batshuayi arrives in Germany off the back of a two-goal salvo in Chelsea’s 3-0 FA Cup win over Newcastle United last Sunday.