Chelsea’s willingness to send Charly Musonda on loan for the rest of the season has sparked interest from a host of Premier League clubs. Bournemouth, Watford, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion are all thought to have been alerted to Musonda’s availability.
The 21 year-old, who can play in central midfield or out wide, has been given the green light to spend the second half of the season at another English club after Chelsea signed Ross Barkley for £15 million.
Musonda hit out at Chelsea on social media in October over his lack of opportunities, having scored in the 5-1 Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest. He has made two substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and also stepped off the bench in Chelsea’s FA Cup draw with Norwich City at the weekend.
Having been told he can go on loan, Musonda scored twice for Chelsea’s Under-21s against Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Bournemouth, Watford, Newcastle and West Brom are all keen to boost their attacking options this month, with Musonda on their radar. Chelsea have dealt with all four clubs in recent years, but would insist that Musonda is guaranteed playing time wherever he goes.
Newcastle have also been in negotiations about signing Kenedy on loan, but Chelsea want a left-sided replacement before sanctioning a deal. Chelsea want to bring in cover for Marcos Alonso, but have stalled on a bid for Alex Sandro over the £60m valuation Juventus have placed on the Brazilian.
Similarly, Chelsea will only sanction a loan exit for Michy Batshuayi if they manage to sign a forward this month. Sevilla want Batshuayi, but the Spaniards must wait to see if Chelsea can find somebody who can help out first-choice striker Alvaro Morata. On Batshuayi, Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte said: “He’s a young player, he’s a player who has a good future in front of him. He has to continue to work in this way with commitment, for sure it’s not simple to be young to play in a great team like Chelsea.
“I’m happy with his commitment, behaviour in training and when he’s playing.”