Michy Batshuayi, who is set to see his season-long loan at Valencia cut short this month, was expected to spend the rest of the season at French club Monaco but Chelsea have now blocked Monaco’s loan move for the striker.
According to Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev, Chelsea are seeking a permanent exit for Batshuayi.
Speaking at a press conference to officially unveil Cesc Fabregas, Vasilyev revealed Monaco have an agreement in place with both Batshuayi and Valencia, but not with Chelsea.
“We are happy with our transfer window so far,” Vasilyev told reporters.
“It’s true that a striker could help the team. We’re just looking to good opportunities on the market.
“Batshuayi? We have an agreement with the player and with Valencia but not with Chelsea.
“They want a [permanent] transfer. Everything could go very quickly in football so we’ll see.”
Everton have indicated an interest in signing Batshuayi and according to The Telegraph, Chelsea would rather sell Batshuayi for £40 million to Everton, rather than sanction another six-month loan.
Despite the fact Batshuayi cost £33.2 million from Marseille two-and-a-half years ago and has failed to make much of an impact at Chelsea, the Blues are seeking to make a profit on the striker.
Despite Everton’s interest in Batshuayi, the striker prefers to join Monaco instead.
Chelsea would be willing to let Batshuayi join Monaco on loan only if there is an obligation to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
If Batshuayi completes the switch to Monaco, it will be his third loan move in just two seasons.
Monaco boss Thierry Henry worked with Batshuayi during his tenure with the Belgium national team where he acted as Roberto Martinez’s assistant coach.
Henry has indicated he wants Batshuayi at Monaco.
“I know Michy, yes. We’ve seen each other with the Belgium national team,” said Henry.
“We’ll see what happens, but he could be an interesting player for us, that’s for sure.”