At this stage last campaign, Radamel Falcao was a wanted man. Wanted by nearly all of Europe's top clubs with Chelsea and Manchester City his most obvious admirers.
At this stage also, he was scoring goals week in, week out, propelling Atletico Madrid to the top three of the Liga table - much in the same way Diego Costa is doing now, albeit in a less ruthless manner.
Fast forward one year later and Falcao is still a respected striker but since his surprise mega-money move to Monaco, the Colombian has not been able live up to expectations.
A miserly return of nine goals in all competitions and a string of appearances interrupted by injuries has reduced Falcao from feared to respected. And it was only a matter of time before the rumours began to circulate. It actually took weeks.
Chelsea are reported to be in the hunt for an unhappy and unsettled Falcao, but is it feasible to land a man who earns €10m per annum after tax?
In this transfer window, certainly not. But in the summer, maybe. Falcao remains one of a handful of clinical finishers in the game but the question is whether he will become the same player he was last year if he does move to Chelsea, or if he remains in Monaco.
Later in February 2014 he will turn 28, and for a striker that is not too old. But Fernando Torres' loss of form coincided with a string of injuries suffered when he was 27. Falcao may be going through the same phase.
If Falcao goes on to have the kind of season he has had so far - mediocre by his excellent standards and abilities - he may turn out like Fernando Llorente if he does move in the summer.
Having said that, if he is really unsettled over wages or whatever and wants to move on, Chelsea will not have a problem securing his services in terms of funds; Demba Ba and Torres are expendable, Samuel Eto'o will most likely leave at the end of the season and David Luiz and Juan Mata are expendable from the look of things. So funds and space will be available.
That still is not a guarantee that he will come to Stamford Bridge though; he rejected it once, he may do it again. And with Chelsea reportedly after other targets, it may just be them not looking his way.
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