Chelsea latest: £52m man hopes to impress Jose, Cole replacement? & more

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In the Chelsea latest from this morning, I attempted to debunk the the Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge speculation by highlighting just how much it could cost Chelsea… over £170m to be precise, in both transfer fees paid to AS Monaco and player wages to the Colombian himself.

Despite this, the player and club continue to be associated with each other, not helped by Falcao claiming that he hopes he impressed Jose Mourinho during a potential scouting mission when Falcao's Colombia defeated Belgium by two goals to nil.

He is quoted by Evening Standard to have said: 'I don’t know if he [Mourinho] was impressed by what he saw – I hope I made a good impression on him. The Premier League is one of the most important leagues in the world but I’m playing well and enjoying Monaco at the moment.’

With the renowned penalty-box striker's seeming seal-of-approval, perhaps all that is left for this deal to make sense is the £££. But expect that to be exorbitant for Monaco to agree…

Sticking with the transfer theme and one other name linked with Chelsea, by German publication Kicker, is WWE sidekick Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez, of Wolfsburg. The 21-year-old, 11 years Ashley Cole's junior, may well be a long-term replacement for the defending veteran.

Rodriguez joined Wolfsburg from FC Zurich last year for £7.5m and has been a mainstay ever since. He is currently valued at £9m.

And finally, a former Blues manager has criticised current boss Mourinho over his choice of comments regarding Brazilian phenom Neymar's alleged diving.

Luiz Felipe Scolari told The Guardian: 'Every manager likes to use the media to their own benefit and Mourinho is doing just that. He knows that Chelsea could play Barcelona in the Champions League sooner or later and he is already putting supporters, media and referees against Neymar.

'It's disappointing and Mourinho didn't really need to resort to that. We [Mourinho and I] get along but I find Mourinho's crusade against Neymar absurd.'

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