Monaco Target Chelsea Striker Michy Batshuayi After Loan Recall From Valencia

Thierry Henry and Monaco are hoping to add a second Chelsea player to their ranks this January as they eye up a move for Michy Batshuayi to go with the impending move for Cesc Fabregas.

Over the last few years Chelsea have become known as the team who loan out a hell of a lot of their players and this season is no different, with even new man Christian Pulisic going back to Borussia Dortmund on loan.

One player who has got used to being on loan whilst a Chelsea player is Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian's only played 32 times in the Premier League, although still a damn sight more than some of the Blues' loanees, but he's played nearly as many games in La Liga and the Bundesliga in that time.

In the second half of last season he moved to Borussia Dortmund, as Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang moved to Arsenal and Olivier Giroud moved to Chelsea, and this season he's been in Spain with Valencia.

Batshuayi was called back from Spain at the beginning of the month but it's not to make an impact on Chelsea's fight for the Champions League, it's to get sold.

Several clubs have been linked with a move for him and, according to the Telegraph, Monaco are the latest to show interest in the Belgian forward.

Batshuayi hasn't had that many chances to prove himself at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA Images
Batshuayi hasn't had that many chances to prove himself at Stamford Bridge. Image: PA Images

Thierry Henry has worked with the 25 year old with the national team, including at the World Cup, and is now trying to get his side away from the relegation zone in Ligue 1.

Monaco will have competition from Everton and Crystal Palace in the Premier League, as well as other clubs in Europe, though the Toffees would have to buy the striker outright as they have Kurt Zouma on loan from Chelsea at the moment.

Fabregas is on his way out of Chelsea. Credit: PA
Fabregas is on his way out of Chelsea. Credit: PA

The French club are on the verge of signing Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea with a three and a half year deal agreed with the player and the transfer agreed with the selling club.

Confirmation of the deal is being delayed as Maurizio Sarri decides between Nicolo Barella and Leandro Paredes as his replacements.

Chelsea are being linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain this window and Alvaro Morata also looks likely to leave.

Ryan Sidle

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