Could a Chelsea and Monaco deal pave the way for Tottenham to sign Anthony Martial, as speculated?
A week ago French magazine FranceFootball reported Tottenham had struck a deal to sign Monaco forward Anthony Martial.
Monaco are also dealing with the prospect of losing Radamel Falcao permanently this summer, who was out on loan last season at Manchester United. This would not affect them on the footballing side apart from having extra cash to spend, having been without him for the past 18 months anyway due to loans and injury.
Chelsea are prominently linked to Falcao, but a report in Belgian outlet Dhb.Be provides further development regarding Monaco's plans.
They are reportedly keen on bringing in Chelsea's teenage sensation Charly Musonda, a Belgian under-21 international who is a two-time FA Youth Cup winner.
The 18-year-old has two goals in five games for Belgium's under-21s, and played 27 times for Chelsea's youth teams last season. Hailed as the next Eden Hazard in his own country, a move on loan is best for all parties.
Musonda is an attacking player who can play centrally or out wide, deeper to Martial, but one who can invigorate their attack all the same.
For Monaco, coming around to the idea of losing Martial may be a lot more attractive if Chelsea agree to send Musonda on loan for them for 12 months, of course themselves hoping a permanent deal could then be struck.
What could be good for Chelsea, to give Musonda regular football in a competitive European league, could inadvertently turn out to be a positive for Tottenham too.