Monaco striker Radamel Falcao won’t be playing in the Premier League next season after reportedly snubbing the chance to sign for several sides.
One of those sides is thought to be Chelsea, with the West Londoners linked with the Colombian centre forward for well over a year.
He’s a player who Jose Mourinho seemingly likes, but someone he appears to have missed out on due to the club’s public pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
One of the main reasons Falcao is likely to have turned down a move to West London is because of Costa and the role the Spanish international will play if he completes a move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea and Mourinho, like to play with a system of one striker up top and with a deal for Costa more likely than a quick move for Falcao, the Spaniard will be the main man in Chelsea’s attack next season.
Mourinho rarely shows a tendency to play two strikers in the same team, which is the only conceivable way that Falcao could now be tempted into making a Premier League move to play for Mourinho.
He’s even chosen not to play a striker at all, as he did against Manchester United in the game at Old Trafford last season.
Chelsea could certainly fund a move for Falcao but they certainly couldn’t guarantee him a place in the side ahead of Costa, when Chelsea have reportedly been working on a deal for some time.
If Chelsea’s deal for Costa falls through, then things change and the situation takes on a new shape.
In that instance, Falcao could be tempted into a Blues move if he’s still a Monaco player.
There is always the chance that he could look away from Ligue One and the Premier League, with plenty of European sides having the resources to fund a move for him; Real Madrid are thought to be interested.
However, if the Costa deal fell through it would represent a chance for the Colombian to be the number one man at the club and it would allow Chelsea to funnel all of their efforts into one deal.
Falcao would be a world class addition to the Chelsea family but it’s just not going to happen while a deal for Costa is still in the pipeline.