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Chelsea remain keen on acquiring the services of Monaco sensation Thomas Lemar, and could use Michy Batshuayi as a make-weight for the deal.
Antonio Conte is said to be eyeing up the forward in a £80 million deal – and according to the Daily Telegraph, Monaco would be interested in bringing Batshuayi on loan should a deal be agreed in January.
Supporting this notion is the fact that former transfer director Michael Emenalo now conducts the transfer business at Monaco, and he was the one who brought the Belgian to Stamford Bridge.
For some reason, it appears as though Conte simply does not trust Batshuayi to lead the line – indeed, he opted to play with no striker in midweek against Huddersfield in the absence of Alvaro Morata.
Batshuayi may yet have a future at Stamford Bridge – with reports continuing to suggest that this will be Conte’s last season – and is potentially thought of as a future regular, if and when Conte does leave.
Thus, a spell at Monaco, where game time would be guaranteed, may be beneficial for his development; couple this with the arrival of the electric Lemar, and this deal looks fruitful for Chelsea on both sides of the coin.
Written by Michael Jones
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