Chelsea latest: Mou lampooned as Mr Bean, long-shot striker rumours

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Radamel Falcao has moved to address speculation over his future by insisting he and his family are happy in Monaco. He praised the club and manager Claudio Ranieri and spoke of his five-year deal he signed just last summer.

Falcao, thus far, has returned a goal (9) or assist (1) once ever 118 minutes in Ligue 1 competition for AS Monaco. The Express claimed this evening that the French Riviera club's owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is looking to facilitate a transfer so that Monaco are compliant with FIFAs Financial Fair Play ruling.

The link to Chelsea, no matter how tenuous, came via the player's agent, Jorge Mendes, who also has a client at a high up place at Stamford Bridge - Jose Mourinho.

It had been speculated Demba Ba and Fernando Torres could be included in the deal in order to reduce the transfer fee, but Monaco's owners have repeatedly insisted in public however that there will be no deal. 

Staying in France and, in a separate article, The Express cite 'reports in France' to be responsible for more Chelsea transfer stories… Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski and Olympique Marseille's asset Florian Thauvin. Chelsea retain hope Lewandowski can be bought in January, rather than be allowed by BVB to leave the club on a free, to Bayern Munich, when his contract expires in the summer.

Manager Jose Mourinho made a dream come true this week as goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer became the oldest Champions League debutant in the competition's history when he was fielded in the tie against Steaua Bucharest, managing to keep his sheet clean in a 1-0 victory.

He is quoted by the club's official website to have said: 'It was a great opportunity for me and one that I didn't think would ever happen to me in my career, but once I signed for Chelsea there was always a lingering hope in the back of my mind it would happen and I'm very grateful to the manager for giving me the opportunity to play.

'I was elated after the game, I realised a couple of years ago you should never say never, you should always keep dreaming and keep hoping things will one day fall your way, you have to keep doing the right things and working hard.

'It was huge, it's very difficult to compare it to a final but it's very much up there due to the fact it was a Champions League game. Being given the opportunity to play was a dream come true.'

And finally, it seems the thing to do on social media is to lampoon Jose Mourinho as a doppelganger of Mr Bean's. Check out a selection below…

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