Every single week it seems that a news article surfaces linking Atletico Madrid striker Falcao to one of Europe’s top clubs. It is a news story that has become about as consistent as Gary Lineker’s comically large ears.
When it was announced that Pep Guardiola would be taking charge of German giants Bayern Munich in the summer the Columbian forward was naturally widely suggested to be the first marquee signing of his reign. When PSG are flavour of the month reports suggest that Falcao is ‘open’ to a move to France. And so continues the cycle of Europe’s most sought after goal scorer.
Recent reports however are strongly suggesting that Falcao’s destiny may soon be decided, with Chelsea supposedly in ‘advanced negotiations’ with the man known as ‘El Tigre.’
Despite Atletico sitting comfortably in second place in La Liga, with the likelihood of Champions League football next season nearly guaranteed, the Madrid club seem to have all but accepted that their star man will be leaving in the summer.
Spanish TV Show Punto Pelota has claimed that Radamel Falcao will join Chelsea this summer, and El Economista (also in Spain) seemed to be reporting similar last night. Discussing the chances of Falcao moving to neighbours Real Madrid it was suggested that such a deal would be hard to conclude because the player is ‘now negotiating with Chelsea.’
The specifics of such a deal have yet to materialise, although it is thought that cash plus Thibaut Courtois, Fernando Torres or both may be used to trigger the £46m release clause in Falcao’s contract.
Reports linking Chelsea flop Torres with his former club appear to conflict. Some sources suggest that Athletico Madrid aren’t that keen to have the Spaniard back, preferring options such as Bayern’s Mario Gomez, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez or Man City’s Edin Dzeko as more suitable replacements.
However, other reports in Spain quote the following, “Despite all his problems at Chelsea, Torres is still held in great affection at Atletico and he would be welcomed back.”
Torres spent seven seasons with Athletico scoring 91 goals in 243 appearances. At Chelsea he has only managed an embarrassing 27 goals in 109 appearances, a strike rate that only a goalkeeper would reluctantly take pride in possessing.
It matters not of course that the name of Chelsea’s manager for next season remains unknown. Roman Abramovich has been a keen admirer of Falcao ever since the Colombian pulverised his team in the European Super Cup. The Russian is reputed to have made several personal attempts to seduce Falcao, and if reports are to be believed he may just have gained himself a new toy.
If Fernando Torres was a broken Barbie doll then Falcao will surely be an indestructible shiny new He-Man figure.