helsea’s interest in Monaco star Thomas Lemar could open the door for Michy Batshuayi to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window – potentially in the opposite direction.

Batshuayi was named on the substitutes’ bench for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town, despite the fact Alvaro Morata was ruled out with injury.

Head coach Antonio Conte preferred to go with a front three of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, than give Batshuayi a rare start, and the move paid off as Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners with Willian and Pedro both on target.

Batshuayi is likely to get a chance in the League Cup quarter-final against Bournemouth next week, but Chelsea have now won each of the four games that Conte has deployed Hazard as a ‘false nine’ when he has been without an out-and-out striker.

Chelsea have been looking for a target man to help out Morata, but the club are also weighing up a big January bid for £80million-rated Lemar who would offer Conte a host of options.