Monaco want Chelsea players as part of the deal to take Radamel Falcao to Chelsea, according to reports.
Falcao spent last season on loan with Manchester United who opted against taking up the option to sign him on a permanent transfer for a fee of around £43 million after a disappointing campaign.
The Colombian forward has admitted that he wants to remain in the Premier League despite his struggles at Old Trafford, and it seems as though Chelsea could be his next destination. "I know that it has been speculated a lot about Chelsea," he told reporters. "I try to stay out of it. But I would like to continue in the Premier League.
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“I think about working with Colombia for now. Everything else is for my agent.”
However there are plenty of obstacles to overcome before a deal can be done. According to Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles, writing for Goal, Monaco are adamant that they get some players in return for the Colombian forward.
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John Obi-Mikel, Ramires, and Petr Cech have all been linked with an exit from the Blues and are potential candidates to be used in a swap deal.
Chelsea have lost Dider Drogba and are on the lookout for a third striker who can help them kick on in the Champions League next term and Jose Mourinho believes the former Porto ace is the right man for the job.
According to Goal, Mourinho is the main driving force behind the deal and is confident he can get more out of Falcao than Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal managed. The Dutchman reportedly damaged the striker's confidence and Mourinho believes he's the man to get Falcao back to the form which helped him net more than 150 goals in 200 European club games.
The deal will be helped by the fact that both Falcao and Mourinho share the same agent in Jorge Mendes. Chelsea are believed to be keen on a deal similar to the one struck by Manchester United with Monaco - a loan with the option to buy.
Monaco need to get Falcao off the books this summer as they look to meet Financial Fair Play regulations, and it's been reported that the 29-year-old will take a wage cut in order to help make the deal happen.
The big question about Falcao is a simple one: has the knee injury he suffered just before the World Cup changed his game or was his lack of form last season more to do with how he was deployed by Van Gaal?
Of course it's an impossible question to answer right now but it seems a shrewd move from Mourinho; if Falcao finds his form again he has a world class striker at his disposal, if he doesn't then he has a replacement for Drogba who managed just a few games last season and was let go.