Chelsea would sign Radamel Falcao for £15m - Paul Merson

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Sky Sports pundit - and former Arsenal midfielder - Paul Merson believes Chelsea would sign Manchester United’s on-loan striker Radamel Falcao this summer for a fee of around £15 million.

Merson feels Chelsea need back-up for when Diego Costa is either injured or suspended - and believes Falcao, if the price is right, could be the perfect option for Jose Mourinho.

The Colombia international is expected to leave Old Trafford when his loan deal expires this summer following his dismal temporary spell with the Red Devils, but he could return to the Premier League - either on loan or on a permanent transfer - if AS Monaco agree to lower their astronomical £43.5 million asking price.

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“If he went down to £15m then I think there would be a lorry load of teams after him,” Merson told Soccer Saturday. “He is a good player and I think he’ll get fitter and fitter.

“He hasn’t really had a season; he has only been in and out. He needs to play 20 games and then I think he’ll be back to where was when, for me, he was one of the best centre forwards in world football.”

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Merson: Chelsea would take Falcao

Merson added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Falcao ended up at Stamford Bridge next season.

“Watching that (Falcao’s performance for United at Stamford Bridge) last week, I think Chelsea would take him at £15million – they need another centre forward,” he continued.

“Whatever happens next season, to be successful in the Premier League and in Europe, they need another centre forward badly, because when Costa hasn’t played they’ve missed him.”

Falcao’s reputation has been tarnished since joining United. Once universally-regarded as one of the world’s elite centre-forwards, the South American has, at times this season, looked a shadow of the striker who scored goals for fun with Atletico Madrid and FC Porto.

Mourinho may feel he can bring the best out of Falcao, who would surely be tempted by a move to Stamford Bridge if the opportunity arises this summer.

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