Liverpool looking to sign Thomas Lemar in January

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Chelsea have been tipped to use fringe striker Michy Batshuayi as a potential makeweight in any approach for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar this January, with the Belgian again struggling to command regular playing time in Antonio Conte's team this season.

Batshuayi was among the substitutes on Tuesday night as his side ran out 3-1 winners at Huddersfield Town.

Antonio Conte opted for Eden Hazard to play in a "false nine" position instead, raising further questions whether the Chelsea boss trusts Batshuayi. Emenalo is a known fan of Batshuayi and was instrumental in bringing him to Stamford Bridge previous year.

Over the last few windows, Liverpool have, rather oddly, moved on quickly from transfer targets but they could L'Equipe believe that they could go back in for Lemar as they prepare for life without Philippe Coutinho, who is widely expected to join Barcelona next summer.

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Monaco's new sporting director Michael Emenalo - who left Stamford Bridge earlier this season - is a known admirer of Batshuayi after he helped bring him to Chelsea from Ligue 1.

Should the opportunity to leave, perhaps just on loan, genuinely arise, it may be in Batshuayi's best interest to take it to ensure he gives himself the best possible chance of selection for Belgium's World Cup squad by playing more regularly.

Lemar, a 22-year-old French global, set Ligue 1 and the Champions League ablaze last season, with his combination of pace and pinpoint delivery having alerted some of Europe's biggest clubs to his talents.

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