Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of a long term target who has hinted that he could be tempted to go and play in France.
Chelsea have been dealt a big blow this morning with the news that Atletico Madrid striker Falcao wants to go and play football in France.
Falcao has declared his affection for the country which suggests that Paris Saint-Germain are now in the best position to sign him on a permanent basis.
Falcao has described himself as impressed by the project PSG are currently putting together and what they are capable of over the next few seasons.
Chelsea could still move and try to sign the player in the summer but they may ironically struggle in a bidding war against PSG, who are backed by Qatari investors.
“I've been there before, and I love it. PSG have a very ambitious sporting project and they've invested a huge amount of money to construct a competitive team. That will need time, but that could come very quickly. It's not impossible that I could be meeting you [the French media] very soon,” Falcao told Telefoot.
There is even the suggestion that Chelsea don’t really need Falcao due to the fact they now have three high class strikers among their ranks with the recent arrival of Demba Ba from Newcastle United.
However, a new Chelsea boss in the summer may mean big ambition and potentially big spending. Whoever Chelsea appoint, that person may take a more aggressive attitude in trying to sign a high quality player like Falcao.
Either way his record speaks for itself and whoever does eventually sign him will be getting a terrific and consistent player.
Falcao has bagged goals at a ratio of higher than one per game for Atletico Madrid this season and he scored 24 goals in 33 games in La Liga last season with 12 goals in 13 games in the Europa League.
Any fee involved in his transfer is likely to be huge and the other side of the £30 million mark. Bearing in mind Chelsea paid £50 million for Fernando Torres from Liverpool, they are no strangers to a high fee.
They could even blag Falcao signing at Stamford Bridge with his beloved France just the other side of the channel.
France or England, where do you think Falcao will go?
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