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Five reasons why Chelsea should leave Falcao alone

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Recent reports have linked AS Monaco's unsettled striker Radamel Falcao with a £60m move to Chelsea.

However, the Blues' owner might be best off keeping his chequebook in his pocket on this occasion.

Here are five reasons why.

Too expensive for his age

£60m for a striker who turns 28 in February would represent a risky piece of business for Chelsea - even if the player in question is arguably the world's best No. 9 at present.

The Blues have already had their fingers burnt once before. Back in 2006 they signed the world-class Andriy Shevchenko for £30m.

He was 29 at the time - and we all now how successful that transfer proved to be...

Front-to-goal striker

Chelsea's system demands that their lone-forward can hold up the ball and bring his teammates into play, ala Didier Drogba. This is not Falcao's game.

The Colombia international is an excellent penalty-box predator, but his back-to-goal play is nothing special. In fact, it's often quite poor.

Falcao could subsequently be left exposed if asked to do a job he's not comfortable performing.

Romelu Lukaku could leave club

If Chelsea fork out £60m on Falcao, where does this leave Romelu Lukaku?

Many believe he should have been starting matches for the Blues this season, but smashing their transfer record on one of the world's most coveted strikers would leave the Belgium international back down the pecking order.

The 20-year-old is still young, but he knows he's good enough to be playing for Chelsea now. And Jose Mourinho's decision to shell out a fortune on another striker could lead to Lukaku deciding to leave Stamford Bridge.

Falcao could flop in England

Many South Americans have struggled to perform in the Premier League. Could Falcao add his name to the list of flops?

Because of the way Falcao plays there's a decent chance that he would struggle.

He needs space to perform to the best of his abilities, but he wouldn't get much at Chelsea. Most teams concentrate on defending against the Blues, and you can just imagine a frustrated Falcao being marked out of matches if he moved to England.

Better options out there

If Chelsea are desperate to sign a striker, they could sign a young player for less money.

Why not make a January bid for Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski, who would be a much better fit at Stamford Bridge than Falcao.

Or what about Falcao's successor at Atletico Madrid, the on-form Diego Costa?

The signing of Falcao would be unimaginative and, ultimately, it could cost the Blues in the long run.

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