AS Monaco and former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho is deciding between a loan or a permanent deal for the forward in the summer transfer window.
According to the Sunday Times, the Colombian striker has agreed personal terms with the Premier League champions and his transfer is close to being confirmed. The newspaper state that the 29-year-old has held discussions with Jose Mourinho, and has been reassured by the Portuguese manager that there will be no repeat of his unfair treatment by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
Earlier in the year, Colombian legend Faustino Asprilla slammed van Gaal’s use of the former Atletico Madrid marksman and claimed that the pair’s relationship was ‘broken’ [via the Daily Mail]. Asprilla believed that the Dutchman had a personal issue with the striker during his loan spell, and unfairly diminished his playing time.
Such promises from Mourinho over his would-be role at Stamford Bridge, the Times claim, has therefore made Falcao 100% certain that a move to west London would be the best possible option for his career at present.
Recent reports from France [via Le 10 Sport] suggested that Falcao could have been tempted by Liverpool – knowing that there would be a higher likelihood of regular playing time at Anfield given their current problems with their attack force. It seems, however, that the allure of working with Jose Mourinho has proved key in the transfer race.
It is now a case of Chelsea deciding whether they would like to sign Falcao on a permanent basis or opt for a loan agreement.
It’s reported that Monaco would prefer to sell the Colombia international and the Ligue 1 outfit value their striker at £35 million [via the Daily Star].
The stats from the forward’s loan spell at Old Trafford have been well-documented – perhaps too extensively – after he netted just four Premier League goals in 1287 minutes of play in England’s top flight.
A price-tag of £35 million, therefore, would certainly be a gamble for the Pensioners – given his questionable form. Nonetheless, Falcao has the chance to prove he is worth the cash at this summer’s Copa America as Colombia prepare for their opening clash versus Venezuela on Sunday – and there is no better time for his critics to be silenced.