MONACO CONFIRMS INTEREST IN MICHY BATSHUAYI

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Monaco manager Thierry Henry has confirmed they are interested in signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

Cesc Fabregas just completed a move to Monaco today on a three-and-a-half-year deal and Monaco want Batshuayi to join his old former Chelsea teammate in France.

Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but the Spanish club announced this week that his loan spell at the club would be cut short this month after Batshuayi scored three goals in 23 appearances for Valencia in all competitions.

Batshuayi is well known to Monaco manager Thierry Henry after the pair worked together with the Belgium national team and it was Monaco sporting director Michael Emenalo who took Batshuayi to Chelsea.

Henry confirmed Monaco’s interest in the 25-year-old striker and hinted at the value of Batshuayi’s Ligue 1 experience at Marseille.

“Michy? I know him, we rubbed shoulders with Belgium, he is a player who can be interesting,” Henry said.

“But again, nothing is done. You have to be patient. It’s important that players know the championship, though.”

Everton are also reportedly interested in a deal for Batshuayi but would have to sign either Batshuayi or Kurt Zouma, on loan at Everton from Chelsea, permanently to do so.

Everton manager Marco Silva has played down speculation about a January move for Batshuayi.

“We are aware of the market, we know what’s happened, but it is not something which is a priority for us,” Silva said.

“Because we spent some money last summer it is not easy spending big, big money in all the markets.

“For us to do something in this moment it would mean another player would leave the club and it is not something in our mind.

“If you do something it because something has happened in our squad.”

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