Stamford Bridge side keen on Colombian marksman.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will this summer mount a big money raid for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. The Stamford Bridge manager will reportedly get the financial backing for such a bid from Roman Abramovich just as long as the Blues offload a number of their squad to help balance the books.
Falcao was a vital part of Villas-Boas’s incredibly successful FC Porto side that won the domestic double and the Europa League in one campaign, during which time the Colombian international netted a very healthy 38 goals. The 26 year old moved to the Vicente Calderon last summer for a fee of £34m and it may well take a bid in excess of that to persuade the La Liga side to sell.
With Fernando Torres continuing to fall to make an impact, nearing five months without a Premier League goal, and Didier Drogba at 33 nearing the end of his career, Villas-Boas is keen to bring in attacking alternatives and believes his former FC Porto charge is the man for the job.
Falcao may well be keen to reunite with his former boss and has the physical stature to suit life in the English top tier and with Atletico Madrid sitting in sixth spot, despite his return of 14 goals in 19 La Liga appearances, a move to the Premier League may well be all the more appealing. Clearly if Chelsea could offer Champions League football then such a move would be even more tempting.
Some sources have stated the possibility of the inclusion of Torres into any move for Falcao but given the 27 year old’s poor run of form such a deal may not appeal to Atletico Madrid, regardless of his previous affiliation.