Chelsea are looking to offload Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal, rather than allow him to leave the club on yet another loan deal.
12 months ago, Batshuayi was used as a makeweight in the triple deal that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang join Arsenal, and Olivier Giroud move across the capital to Chelsea, with the Belgian replacing Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund.
His time in the Bundesliga got off to a very impressive start, scoring seven goals in 10 appearances before an injury brought a premature end to his season.
He was once again sent out on loan this season, this time to La Liga side Valencia, although its fair to say his time in Spain has been somewhat of a disaster, scoring just one goal in 15 La Liga appearances, and starting just four times in the Spanish top flight.
The 25-year-old has now been sent back to Chelsea, with reports suggesting that he will once again be loaned out, with Monaco boss Thierry Henry keen on signing the striker having worked with him within the Belgium national team set-up.
However, speaking at a press conference in France, Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that while the principality club have an agreement with Batshuayi, Chelsea want to him to leave on a permanent transfer, rather than another loan, although talks are still ongoing.
“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.” Vasilyev said.