Chelsea are not prepared to pay Radamel Falcao’s release clause but are keen to sign the Manchester United striker on loan from the Colombia international’s parent club AS Monaco this summer.
This is according to The Sun, who understand Chelsea are looking at Falcao as a potential replacement for Didier Drogba, the Blues’ legend who could announce his retirement at the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho is also believed to have doubts over French forward Loic Remy, Chelsea’s other back-up striker, despite his match-winning exploits against Hull City at the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
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Falcao is a man in demand
Falcao, despite his struggles at Old Trafford this season, is a striker in demand.
As well as Chelsea, it’s also believed that Juventus, Valencia and Inter are hoping to strike a deal with the South American ace, who was widely regarded as one of the world’s best number nines prior to his move to Manchester United last summer.
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Liverpool also keen
Liverpool, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to United at the weekend, are also keen on Falcao. Like Chelsea, the Merseyside outfit would look to sign the striker on a loan deal, rather than paying his £45 million release clause.
United were forced to pay £6 million upfront to sign Falcao on a season-long loan deal, along with his astronomical £280,000-a-week wages.
In order to secure Falcao’s services, one of the aforementioned clubs interested in the former Atletico Madrid and FC Porto superstar will also need to meet his huge wage demands.
Chelsea move will appeal to Falcao
The chance to resurrect his career at Chelsea - under the management of the revered Mourinho and alongside his former Atletico Madrid teammates Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois - is likely to appeal to Falcao, who has endured a dreadful time at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old’s reputation has taken a spectacular nose-dive after the past six months, with just four goals to show from his 19 appearances for the Red Devils.
Falcao unhappy at United
It’s believed that Falcao is now resigned to the fact Manchester United will not be keeping him for a second season, while his mentor Silvano Espindola revealed at the weekend that the striker’s plight has left him in tears.
"I am not going to tell you that he feels happy because he isn't," his ex-agent Espindola told AS Colombia, according to BBC Sport. "We speak many times and we cry together. It is not an easy situation because every player wants to play and every goalscorer wants to score goals."
Chelsea loan could be wrong move for Falcao
However, if it’s first-team football that he craves then a move to Chelsea could prove to be a catastrophic move, just as it did for another former Atletico Madrid hero, Fernando Torres.
Costa may have been behind Falcao in the pecking order at the Vicente Calderon, but the Brazil-born Spain international is now the top dog at Stamford Bridge.
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