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Radamel Falcao wants to join Chelsea this summer

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is keen on joining Chelsea in the summer transfer window, according to the Mirror. 

The Colombian will also take a sizeable pay cut to his £265,000-per-week wages in order to ensure he can complete a move to Stamford Bridge.

Falcao spent last season on loan with Manchester United but the club have confirmed that they won't be taking up the option to sign him on a permanent basis after he managed just four goals in the Premier League.

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Now the 29-year-old is set to head back to parent club Monaco, however he wants to stay in England and according to the Mirror he wants to join Chelsea. His agent Jorge Mendes shares a close relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho because he represents the Special One, and that could help facilitate a deal.

Key to making the move happen would be reducing Falcao's wages. He reportedly cost Manchester United over £430,000-per-shot in the Premier League and Chelsea will want to heavily reduce his pay packet of over £1 million-per-month if they are to take a risk on him.

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Previously both Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the former Atletico Madrid ace, who was forced to miss the World Cup last summer after suffering a chronic knee injury, while Valencia has been suggested as a possible destination. 

Gamble

Chelsea won the league title this season and managed it with just three strikers - although injury affected all three at various points in the campaign. Didier Drogba has already confirmed that he has played his last game for the club, and Mourinho will now be on the lookout for a new forward to support both first-choice striker Diego Costa and back-up Loic Remy.

That man could well be Falcao, who, after much speculation, has finally left Manchester United. The club confirmed over the weekend that they will not be taking up the option to make his switch to Old Trafford permanent for a fee of £43 million. 

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said: "Falcao is a top professional and a good human being. On behalf of myself and everyone at the club I would like to wish him well for the future."

Opinion

Signing Falcao would be a massive gamble, plus the fact that even if he does take a pay cut he would still represent a hugely expensive back-up forward to Diego Costa.

It goes without saying that the Colombian didn't show his best form for Manchester United - however it is the big question; has his knee injury taken away from his explosive form permanently or does he just need a manager to trust him to give him a run of games to take him back to the top?

Should Chelsea take a massive gamble on signing Falcao?

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