Radamel Falcao’s first season in English football was a complete disaster. After moving to Manchester United on loan from Monaco on deadline day last summer, he failed to live up to the high expectations he brought with him.
The Colombian hitman scored just four goals in the Premier League after struggling to break into the United side on a consistent basis and was swiftly sent back to his parent club as soon as the season ended.
Falcao used to be one of the most feared strikers in Europe before a serious knee injury halted his career and forced him to miss the 2014 World Cup, where his nation reached the quarter finals.
Whether he was handed enough opportunities by Louis van Gaal is a completely separate debate altogether, but it is obvious that he was not going to get another chance after such a miserly goal tally.
With Monaco keen to offload Falcao this summer as soon as possible, speculation is rife over his next move. According to the Mirror, Chelsea are seriously interested in a loan deal, but the French club only want to offload the striker on a permanent basis.
They would want a fee in the region of £35 million for the 28-year-old but it is unlikely that Jose Mourinho will be willing to pay anywhere near that figure with his recent form and Financial Fair Play in mind. However, the Chelsea boss and the player do have the same agent, a certain Jorge Mendes.
With the striker wanting his next move to be decided before the Copa America begins, we could see a deal in the near future. Falcao has confirmed that he would like to remain in the Premier League.
He told El Tiempo in Colombia: “I know that it has been speculated a lot about Chelsea. I try to stay out of it but I would like to continue in the Premier League. I think about working with Colombia for now. Everything else is for my agent. My future will be decided in the coming weeks.”