Chelsea’s technical director and head of scouting, Michael Emenalo was spotted in the stands at the Mestella as Valencia took on Monaco in a fourth round qualifier for the UEFA Champions League. The Daily Mail however claim that Emenalo was scouting young French forward Anthony Martial.
The newspaper also claim that the Chelsea man was also preparing probable opposition scouting reports with the group stage of the Champions League imminent. At the center of his thought was 19-year old center forward, who has been under the radar of both Tottenham Hotspurs and Aston Villa. The youngster was initially believed to be available at £22 million earlier in the transfer window but AS are reporting that Chelsea have lodged a whopping €55 million offer for his services.
” Today, Martial is one of the hottest properties in European football. Chelsea reportedly made a €55 million offer for the France Under – 21 international. Monaco are determined to hold onto Martial this season but if the Ligue 1 side fails to qualify for the Champions League, it may force a rethink at the Stade Louis II “.
Martial found the back of the net nine times in thirty five Ligue 1 appearances with a shot accuracy of 56%.
The Blues have started the defence of their title in unimpressive fashion picking up just one point out of an available six points. Their worst start since 1998.
With less than two weeks left before the transfer window slams shut, the Blues have secured four signings this summer, Asmir Begovic, Baba Rahman, Pedro and Falcao on loan.