Chelsea want to make 22-year-old forward their first January signing

Lawrence Kim
December 15, 2017

The Blues have been linked with a move for the £80m-rated Lemar next month as Antonio Conte looks to revitalise his attack ahead of the second half of the campaign.

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are mulling an offer to include Batshuayi as a makeweight in the transfer after the Ligue 1 side failed with an approach for his services over the summer.

Lemar has been courted by a number of clubs, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Barcelona over the course of last summer.

Batshuayi has been unable to hold down a regular place in the Chelsea squad this season, with Conte favouring a false nine, in the form of Eden Hazard instead of the striker when Alvaro Morata has been unavailable.

That link comes from the fact that former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is the new sporting director at Monaco following his recent resignation from Stamford Bridge and played a significant role in taking Batshuayi to London previous year.

Batshuayi made his comeback from injury as a substitute during Tuesday night's win over Huddersfield, but prior to his enforced absence the 24-year-old has played fewer than 200 minutes of Premier League action.

A return to the French top flight could now be in the offing if Emenalo asks for Batshauyi in part-exchange for Lemar, who is expected to be subject of renewed interest in January. Arsenal were the closest to signing the Frenchman, having a £92m offer accepted on transfer deadline day.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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