Striker Michy Batshuayi remains on the books of Valencia but is absent from training as Monaco look to close a loan deal, say reports in Spain.
Marca reports on how the striker ‘has been in limbo’ for two weeks after Chelsea cancelled an arrangement to send him on loan to the Ligue 1 club, instead preferring a permanent sale.
The Belgian international has reportedly agreed terms with Monaco and Los Che are willing to cut short his season-long loan spell, but the FA Cup holders are said to be holding up a move.
Batshuayi has netted just one goal in four La Liga starts at the Mestalla in a frustrating season for the striker, who failed to settle in Spain.
Monaco's vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has told reporters: “There is full agreement with Batshuayi, with Valencia, but Chelsea are blocking the transfer.
“They only want a permanent sale for the striker, we want a loan, lets see what happens.”
Valencia sporting director Mateu Alemany told a press conference last week, in relation to the striker’s exit: “The player knows this and we hope that soon it can be solved for the good of all the parties.”
The 25-year-old former Marseille forward has 12 goals in 23 senior caps for his country but has struggled to replicate that form at club level.
Valencia boss Marcelino said earlier this month: “We need signings up front and in some cases our patience has run out.”