Report: Chelsea close to securing deal for Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao

The Colombian forward struggled at Old Trafford last season but Chelsea reportedly remain interested.

Much anticipation followed Manchester United’s announcement of Radamel Falcao's arrival in the dying moments of last summer’s transfer window. It’s fair to say things didn’t exactly go to plan, however, with Falcao struggling for form and fitness, making 26 appearances and scoring just four goals.

If reports are to be believed, his underwhelming showing last season hasn’t deterred admiring glances being shot in his direction from those at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues face a striker shortage after Didier Drogba’s exit and will be determined to reinforce their attack this summer. The Daily Star cite a Chelsea source as saying: "Talks have been going well and Jose is still a big fan of Falcao, despite the difficult time he had at United. It looks like the deal is going to happen."

Mourinho is known for his man management skills and ability to get even the most volatile characters on board and playing his way.

If Chelsea can secure a deal, there’s every hope Falcao can regain his Porto and Atletico Madrid form under Mourinho’s tutelage. He showed what he can do in glimpses at United last season and remains one of the best finishers in the game.

Whether Falcao possesses the work rate required to be successful in a Mourinho team remains to be seen but as far as back-up strikers go, Chelsea will struggle to find many of the 29-year-old's calibre available.

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