Report: Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao in talks with Columbus Crew SC

The former Manchester United man has made just two starts for Chelsea since joining the club on a season-long loan from Monaco in the summer.

In one of the crazier rumours doing the rounds in the opening week of the winter transfer window, Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao is being linked with a move to MLS side Columbus Crew SC.

Falcao, 29, joined Chelsea from Monaco in the summer on a season-long loan following a similar spell at Manchester United, where he managed just four goals in 29 total appearances.

Former blues boss Jose Mourinho vowed to help the struggling front man recover the form that made him one of the world’s most feared finishers before suffering a series of major knee injuries, but things have not gone at all to plan since.

The Colombia international has so far scored just once in two starts and nine substitute appearances, while he has not featured for the club since a 14-minute cameo in October’s 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool due to reoccurring muscular problems.

Chelsea are now believed to be eager to cut the former Atletico Madrid man’s spell short in order to get his reported £140,000-a-week wages off the books, and the likes of and the Mirror have claimed that the Crew are stepping in to help.

The Ohio outfit, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Portland Timbers in the 2015 MLS Cup final, are said to have entered initial talks with the Monaco loanee about a stateside switch and are keen to get him on board for the start of the 2016 campaign.

Premier League TeamSeasonGoalsGoals MINSTotal Shots MINSShooting AccuracyScoring V Shooting AccuracyAssistsKey PassesPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Falcao Man Utd 2014-2015 4 321.5 34.76 43% 11% 4 18 86% 26 1,286
Falcao Chelsea 2015-2016 1 214 21.4 40% 10% 0 2 77% 9 214

Nevertheless, as eye-catching an addition as Falcao may be for any MLS side, there is certainly good reason to be sceptical about these specific reports.

Not only would the Crew have to find a way to pay his huge salary, but they already have one of the league’s best strikers for their one-forward formation in MVP finalist Kei Kamara, who bagged 22 goals in 32 regular season appearances last term.

In addition, given that the reports come after Columbus midfielder Federico Higuain was quoted as telling AS Colombia last month that his former River Plate teammate should consider a move to the US, it could just be a case of the rumour mill getting out of hand.

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