Chelsea blocked Michy Batshuayi’s loan to Monaco because they could send him to Milan as a Gonzalo Higuain replacement, if Krzysztof Piatek proves too expensive.
The various elements of the striker merry-go-round are coming together and they all rotate around Higuain’s desire to reunite with Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
They need a replacement and the first choice remains Piatek of Genoa.
However, Genoa only want €40m plus bonuses in cash upfront and will not accept any loans, options to buy or spread payments.
This is a problem for Milan and director Leonardo will go to owners Elliott Management to ask for the funds.
Sportitalia maintain Genoa could be willing to accept a loan with obligation to buy, so they are guaranteed the money in June.
If that doesn’t work, Plan B is Batshuayi, who is owned by Chelsea and currently on loan to Valencia.
He has already decided to interrupt that, but Monaco had agreed terms and today confirmed Chelsea suddenly blocked the transfer.
This is seemingly so that the Belgium international can be sent to Milan as a replacement for Higuain over the next six months.