Sunday 24 February 2019

Chelsea seek to make profit on Batshuayi before Higuain swoop

Michy Batshuayi, who is on loan at Valencia from Chelsea, is a target for Monaco. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Michy Batshuayi, who is on loan at Valencia from Chelsea, is a target for Monaco. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Matt Law

Michy Batshuayi is desperate to complete a loan move to Monaco, despite Chelsea's attempt to recoup £40m (€45m) for the striker.

Monaco have agreed terms with both Batshuayi and Valencia, where the Belgian spent the first half of the season, to take over his loan until the end of the campaign.

But the Ligue 1 strugglers have been waiting for the green light from Chelsea, who have been waiting to see whether they could attract a £40m (€45m) offer for Batshuayi.

Everton have indicated an interest in Batshuayi, but cannot take a second player on loan from Chelsea along with defender Kurt Zouma. That means the Merseysiders would have to sign one of the pair outright.

Chelsea would rather sell Batshuayi for £40m to Everton, rather than sanction another six-month loan, but the player would prefer to go to Monaco.

It remains to be seen whether Monaco would be prepared to commit to signing Batshuayi permanently at the end of a loan.

Despite the fact he cost £33.2m from Marseille two-and-a-half years ago, and has failed to make much of an impact at Chelsea, the club want to make a profit on Batshuayi.

Confirming the fact Chelsea would prefer to cash in on Batshuayi, Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said: "We have an agreement with Valencia and Batshuayi, but not with Chelsea, who prefer a permanent move."

Batshuayi is part of a potential striker merry-go-round which Chelsea hope will end with Gonzalo Higuain replacing Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea want to get rid of Batshuayi and Morata, and bring in Higuain this month and there is a growing sense that a complicated deal will be agreed for the Argentine to end his AC Milan loan and join Chelsea.

Higuain was left out of AC Milan's starting line-up for last night's 1-0 Italian Super Cup final defeat against Juventus amid claims it was in nobody's interest for the 31-year-old to risk injury, although he did play for the final 20 minutes.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have once again been left annoyed by Bayern Munich's public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi after the German club confirmed they are "in talks" with the west London club over the teenager.

Bayern have made a series of bids for Hudson-Odoi, the latest of which was £35m (€40m).

Chelsea fear they are fighting a losing battle to try to keep Hudson-Odoi, who only has 18 months remaining on his contract. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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