Chelsea could complete their long-awaited loan move for Radamel Falcao after coming to an agreement with both AS Monaco and the player, reports L'Equipe.
France's most established sport newspaper claims that Falcao's agent Jorge Mendes is putting the finishing touches on the deal and that it could be announced by Saturday.
Jose Mourinho has already spoken about his admiration for the Colombian and seems confident he can get the best out of him at Stamford Bridge.
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Doing so would certainly get one over Louis van Gaal, who as Manchester United manager failed to fit Falcao into his squad last season.
The 29-year-old scored just four goals for the Red Devils and was reduced to playing in under-21 matches by the latter stages of the season.
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But his poor form has not deterred Chelsea, who have agreed to pay Falcao's £265,000-a-week wages for the season as well as a substantial loan fee to Monaco.
Should Falcao impress in west London, Chelsea will have the option to make the deal permanent for €50m.
The move will possibly stand as the riskiest Mourinho has ever completed with Falcao failing to prove his fitness after suffering a horrific knee injury in 2014.
Not only that, but Falcao is also likely to miss the opening games of next season because of his commitments to Colombia at the ongoing Copa America.
While Diego Costa will remain first choice for Chelsea next season, the money put towards signing Falcao could have been invested in another decent signing.
Nothing to lose
But Chelsea have experienced an influx of cash after agreeing a massive £40m-a-year deal with Yokohama earlier this season.
Having stayed within the confines of financial fair play throughout Mourinho's reign, Roman Abramovich is obviously confident that the risk of signing a flop is worth what could be a substantial gain.
Should Falcao rekindle the kind of form he showed for Porto and Atletico Madrid then Chelsea's strikeforce will automatically become the best in the Premier League.
Petr Cech may never play with Falcao as he looks set to depart this summer. While there is some doubt as to whether Mourinho will let him join Arsenal, Chelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon has dropped to biggest hint yet that that is where Cech wants to go.
“His family like England. And a player is happy when his family is happy. He wants to stay in England, but I don’t know if there are discussions,” Lollichon told RMC. “The Premier League is his primary objective. But it will also depend on the conditions.
“The advantage is that Arsenal is a top club, with a philosophy that pleases him and that is in London.
“Tottenham? I do not think they have the same ambitions as Arsenal.
“Petr wants to break the record for the most clean sheets in the Premier League.”
Walcott swap deal?
Should Arsenal bid for Cech, it seems Mourinho will demand one of Arsenal's homegrown players in return. The Special One is a known admirer of Theo Walcott and is rumoured to be mulling over a swap deal offer.
However, Arsenal are already in contract talks with the England international and are confident of agreeing a long-term deal in the near future.
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