Chelsea keen for permanent Batshuayi exit
Chelsea are keen for Michy Batshuayi to leave this month on a permanent deal, holding up a possible loan move to Monaco.
The striker joined Valencia on a season-long loan last June but is unlikely to see out the second half of the campaign in Spain, while he was close to making a similar move to French side Monaco earlier this month to work under Thierry Henry.
However, Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev says the Blues want to sell the Belgium international amid reported interest from Premier League outfit Everton.
Vasilyev said: "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.
"We are happy with our transfer window so far. It’s true that a striker could help the team. We’re just looking to good opportunities on the market."
Batshuayi has no realistic future at Stamford Bridge despite scoring 19 goals in 53 appearances for the club.
The 28-year-old, who was on loan at Borussia Dortmund last season, has managed three goals for Valencia in all competitions and is valued by the Londoners in excess of £25million.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.