AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is desperate to complete a surprise move to Chelsea before Colombia’s first Copa America fixture against Venezuela on June 14.
This is according to the Telegraph, who understand Falcao wants his future resolved before the start of the prestigious South American tournament, which is being held in Chile this year.
Chelsea are still in negotiations with Monaco over how the transfer could be structured, but it’s understood the Ligue 1 outfit want a £5 million loan fee for the striker who flopped so unexpectedly at Manchester United this season.
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Falcao has told reporters that he would like to continue playing in the Premier League, despite his troubles at Old Trafford, where he scored a disappointing four goals in 29 appearances.
"It has been speculated a lot about my next team, but I tried to stay calm,” he commented. “I would like to continue in England, we'll decide (my next team) in the coming weeks."
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Falcao set to replace Drogba
Jose Mourinho reportedly believes Falcao is the ideal replacement for Didier Drogba, who is leaving Stamford Bridge this summer after the Blues opted against offering the Ivory Coast legend a new one-year deal.
Mourinho witnessed precisely what Falcao was capable of during his three-year spell managing Real Madrid - the Colombian was arguably the best number nine in the world while playing for Atletico - and may feel he can bring the best out of the 29-year-old.
That Mourinho shares the same agent as Falcao, Jorge Medes, has helped the deal reach a stage where it now looks very likely to happen.
Juventus, Valencia and Zenit St Petersburg were all keen to secure Falcao’s services, but the Colombia captain now has his heart set on a move to Stamford Bridge.
Can Mourinho get the best out of Falcao?
It will be fascinating to see whether or not Falcao can rediscover the world-class form he showed during his time with both FC Porto and Atletico Madrid.
The serious knee injury he suffered in January 2014, which kept him out of the World Cup finals in Brazil, clearly had a detrimental effect on the player - both physically and mentally.
Louis van Gaal eventually lost faith in Falcao after handing him plenty of chances to impress and opted against re-signing the striker on another season-long loan deal.
But Mourinho, who worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona, clearly feels Falcao still has something to offer one of the world’s best clubs.
Chelsea will be hoping to successfully defend their Premier League crown next term and Falcao, if the deal is completed within the forthcoming weeks, may have a big role to play.
Will Radamel Falcao prove to be a good signing for Chelsea? Will Manchester United regret offloading the Colombian? Have your say in the comments below!