Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi will be on loan at Monaco until the end of the season, sources have told ESPN FC.
The deal will not include a purchase option at the end of the current campaign.
Batshuayi is expected to be in Monaco on Sunday for his medical examination, and his transfer is expected to be announced by Monday.
Monaco manager Thierry Henry wanted to sign a striker to join forces Radamel Falcao up front or to tour with the Colombia international, and Batshuayi has become available after his initial season loan to Valencia was cut short by the Spanish club this week.
The 25-year-old Belgium international has never been in Maurizio Sarri’s plans this season at Chelsea and has never started in La Liga. He has played 15 times for Valencia in the league but has only scored once. In total, he has scored three goals in 23 appearances for Los Ches.
However, he was eager to return to France where he shone with Marseille before a move to Chelsea in the summer of 2016.
With Marseille, he scored 17 goals in 36 league appearances in the 2015-2016 season and Monaco are hoping to rediscover that form to help the struggling Ligue 1 team stay in place. The 2017 French champions are going through a very difficult season, in 19th place in the standings. They have only won twice in Ligue 1 since August 11.
This decision would be the third loan granted to Batshuayi in a year, after Borussia Dortmund (from January 2018 to May 2018) and Valencia.
He is Monaco’s fifth signing this month, following midfielders Cesc Fabregas – a former Chelsea teammate – and Antalyaspor William Vainqueur, in addition to left-back Fode Ballo-Touré from Lille and former center-back Schalke Naldo.
In the Principality, Batshuayi will work again with Franck Passi, who was one of his managers in Marseille and now his assistant to Henry at the Louis II stadium.