Chelsea fans are split over the reports that Michy Batshuayi could be used as a makeweight in a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar once the transfer window reopens.
According to the Telegraph, the Belgian striker could be offered on loan to the Ligue 1 club as the Blues look to beat Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United to the signing of Lemar.
After looking odds-on to seal a move to the Emirates in the summer, the winger remained at the Stade Louis II after the club had sold Kylian Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy.
Although the Blues have Alvaro Morata and Batshuayi as their two main strikers, they do have the option of using Eden Hazard in a ‘false nine’ position more regularly.
Despite Morata’s absence for the win over Huddersfield in midweek, Antonio Conte elected to start with Hazard ahead of Batshuayi.
Given Batshuayi’s current situation at the club, new Monaco sporting director Michael Emenalo could look to bring the 24-year-old to the south of France in a potential deal for Lemar.
Monaco were keen to sign the forward in the summer, yet Chelsea elected to keep him after Fernando Llorente sealed a move to Spurs.
As well as a deal for Batshuayi, fellow Belgian Charly Musonda could be another player used in an attempt to bring Lemar to west London.
Following the news of a possible loan move for Batshuayi, Chelsea fans have differing views on what the club should do.
Here’s what they’ve had to say.
Swapping Michy + £ for Lemar doesn’t actually make it impossible to sign a new striker. I know it sounds crazy but, it’s possible to sign more than one player!
— James Smith (@_jamesdsmith) December 13, 2017
You cannot have only one out and out forward for half a season no matter how little Michy is rated by Conte
— Ed Jarman (@EdJarman84) December 13, 2017
I would rather prefer Mahrez or nabil fekir !!!
— i Urban आलु (@AbAnil11) December 13, 2017
Let it happen we need that Lemar
— Prince Ademola (@Prince10204) December 14, 2017
With only Morata as the other striker option, this would make little sense.
— #marinaout (@demar_inuh) December 13, 2017
WOULD LOVE THAT😍
— Isak Ibrahim (@IsakIbrahim5) December 13, 2017
Chelsea will regret it…give these young boys a chance
— DRLEXXY (@Azuka_alex) December 14, 2017
@mbatshuayi I hope you don't go to Monaco. You are my favorite Chelsea Player. Way better than Lemar in my books🙏
— Jackson (@Awesomeseminole) December 14, 2017
If Batshuayi isn't trusted by Conte, then they should break the bank for Aubameyang #CFC
— Blue Hatchet Man (@shaunkrish) December 13, 2017
We have a chance only if we loan Musonda imo. No other way. Controversial opinions one way or another https://t.co/ar9XVte5j6
— Ronak 🥃🚬 (@ronak_cfc) December 14, 2017