Chelsea have been forced to abandon their pursuit of AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, according to reports.
Metro claims the Blues have ‘shelved’ plans to bring the Colombian international striker to the Premier League, after he was stretchered off during a Cup game against Monts Or Azergues last night.
The 26-year-old, who is valued at €100million by his club, had just scored for the Ligue 1 side before suffering what appeared to be a bad injury.
And, the paper speculates that he could miss the rest of the season in France, as well as this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
It also means a move to Chelsea is off, in January at least, as he recovers in the principality.
Despite the massive fee, Falcao had said that a move to Stamford Bridge ‘was not impossible’, according to the paper.
The Blues have been linked with a number of strikers this month, with Diego Costa another name thought to be in the frame for manager Jose Mourinho.
However, Samuel Eto’o has found form at Chelsea with a recent big-game hat-trick, and Fernando Torres had also shown signs of coming good before injury put him on the sidelines.
And, with Falcao's injury nightmare, it remains to be seen if Blues owner Roman Abramovich will bankroll another big-money move in the remainder of the window.