Chelsea transfer news – Blues offer Michy Batshuayi in return for Monaco star

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has continuously asked for numerous additions in his roster and British reports suggest Blues are adamant on making it possible.

Thomas Lemar

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The Daily Telegraph suggests Chelsea are preparing a £80m transfer bid to test Monaco’s resolve on the French international.
The defending champions sit fourteen points behind Manchester City in the league. Conte has already conceded defeat in their defence to the league title, but there is still some hope City will falter at some point of the season.
Many regard Thomas Lemar as one of the best upcoming talents in European football and his creativity could spark Chelsea to a different intensity in the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Michy Batshuayi is struggling to find minutes under Conte.
The move makes sense for both parties – esp. considering Michael Emenalo signed the Belgian in the first place. Emanelo joined Monaco after resigning from his position as a technical director at Chelsea this November.

Author’s thoughts

The news flash comes from Matt Law who has strong links with the Chelsea hierarchy. The Blues haven’t spent much in the January window in last few seasons. But, Lemar certainly fits their bill when it comes to the profile of players they like to sign.
It won’t certainly be a short-term signing – therefore, the fact that the French starlet is cup-tied certainly has no effect. Besides, Chelsea could face strong rift next summer regarding Eden Hazard.
The Belgian has made it no secret that he dreams of working under Zinedine Zidane while many speculate he will leave the London club at the end of the season. Perhaps, a show of intent could possibly make their primary asset stay longer.

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