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Chelsea to use striker as leverage to sign AS Monaco star

Michy Batshuayi could be on his way out in the January transfer window as Chelsea’s interest in signing Thomas Lemar has increased a sky fold.

The 24-year-old striker has never been a consistent starter for The Blues ever since his £33 million transfer from Marseille. Batshuayi has never been the first choice for Chelsea with Conte preferring Alvaro Morata to lead the line.

Despite Morata’s absence in Chelsea’s away victory over Huddersfield Town, Hazard was chosen over Batshuayi. The Belgian has mostly been used as a substitute and has only been named in the starting eleven twice this season.

Chelsea have been looking for a boost in the attack and have shortlisted hot prospect Thomas Lemar to lethalize their attacking prowess. It is being widely speculated that Chelsea have lined up a huge bid to bring Lemar to Stamford Bridge.

Lemar could be a great addition to the Chelsea squad as he can help Conte play with a false-nine more often. Apart from that, due to the versatality that Lemar brings to the table, Hazard can operate with much more freedom which is crucial for Chelsea.

Chelsea’s interest in the France international builds the probability of Monaco asking for players in return. Monaco’s sporting director Micheal Emenalo is rumoured to be a huge fan of the Chelsea striker.

Monaco were interested in signing Batshuayi earlier this summer, but since Chelsea missed out on Fernando Llorente, they decided to keep hold of him. Another player that could be used for a swap is young prospect Charly Musonda. The 20-year-old recently signed a long-term contract and can be shipped off for first-team football.

As previously reported, Chelsea winger Willian has squashed reports of him leaving Stamford Bridge in the transfer window. Thomas Lemar has been headhunted by several Premier League clubs with his string of good performances in Ligue 1. Arsenal were close to signing Lemar on the deadline day in the summer transfer window earlier this year.

Author’s Take

Lemar would be a huge boost in the Chelsea line up and would fit Conte’s style of play. Lemar’s link up with Morata and Hazard could really benefit in getting the goals for The Blues. Batshuayi, on the other hand can fill in the huge void created by the departure of Kylian Mbappe. Playing alongside the in-form El Tigre could really benefit Batshuayi in the long term.

 

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