Joining Valencia on loan for the season after a prolific six month spell at Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi was supposed to use the move as an opportunity to get the regular minutes he wouldn’t be given had he stayed at Stamford Bridge.
However, through an inability to find the back of the net and some clear differences with the manager, the forward never quite made it in La Liga during the first half of the campaign.
Revealing on Thursday they were looking to cut the deal short, Valencia made it clear Batshuayi would effectively return to Chelsea until he found himself a new club.
According to Le10 Sport, it won’t be long until he’s somewhere else, as Monaco, who are currently fighting against relegation under Thierry Henry in Ligue 1, want the forward on a loan with a view to buy.
This move shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as the principality club have held an interest in the Belgian in the past, while their manager knows the player well from their time together when he was Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national team.
Batshuayi also knows Franck Passi, Henry’s assistant, from his time at Marseille.
Le10 explain negotiations are ‘advanced’ and an ‘agreement is expected to happen quickly’.
We’ll see about that.