Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho is keen to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao either in January or next season.
Falcao was the one that got away from Chelsea in the summer. The English club were considered as the front runners to sign the Colombian international before he joined French club Monaco. Jose Mourinho also failed with his attempt to sign Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski, and finally had to settle with Samuel Eto’o. But the former Real Madrid manager hasn’t given up on his pursuit of the 27-year-old striker and Chelsea are preparing a deal to sign him from Monaco in January or at the end of this season.
The lack of goals from his strikers is worrying the Chelsea manager. The trio of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have scored a total of three goals in the Premier League so far this season. Eto’o has been in good form in the last two games, but the veteran striker is unlikely to be a permanent solution for the Blues. Falcao on the other hand is currently the joint top scorer in Ligue 1 with nine goals in 13 matches. The former Atletico Madrid striker has been in brilliant form since joining the French club.
But given the question marks regarding the competitiveness of the French league, Jose Mourinho is keen to watch him perform in the international games. The Chelsea manager will travel to watch Falcao in action during Colombia’s upcoming match against Belgium, before making his final decision about the striker. Chelsea are expected to make a club record bid of £60million for the Monaco forward who has been shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or. But his high wages could possibly be a big stumbling block in this move, moreover Monaco are highly unlikely to sell him in January.
Despite him joining the French club only in May this year, Falcao’s future at Monaco has been in doubts. Real Madrid are also monitoring his situation and Florentino Perez has already revealed the Spanish club’s desire to sign Falcao.
“We got Bale, we are dealing with Ramos’ renewal, and we are not weighing up any signing for January. But I really want to have Falcao for next summer. I think he dreams of Real as well.” – Perez said in an interview.
But Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has rubbished every rumour surrounding the Falcao’s future.
“We have made a great effort to bring Radamel here, and it would be nonsense to let him go in January or in June.” – Vasilyev told the press.
Chelsea will face a lot of hurdles in convincing Monaco to sell the forward, and they will also face competition from Real Madrid, who are looking to replace Karim Benzema. The Colombian international is likely to be involved in another long transfer saga. Meanwhile, reports from France suggest that Monaco are lining up a move for Jackson Martinez as a potential replacement for Falcao if he leaves.