Monaco are set to request that Chelsea let them take three players on loan next season in order to sanction a deal for Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian striker is seemingly set to join Chelsea on a loan with an option to make the move to permanent at the end of next season, however it seems as though the finer details of the move are yet to be ironed out.
French newspaper L'Equipe say that Monaco are set to request that Chelsea let them loan three of their best youngsters before giving the deal the green light. At the top of their list is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been pencilled in for a spot in the first team squad for next season.
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The talented youngster drew the wrath of blues boss Jose Mourinho after a disappointing performance in a post-season game against Sydney FC. The Special One said his relationship with the midfielder had 'taken a step back' after the game having accused him of playing up an injury.
"So, with Ruben, it’s one step back in terms of my relationship with him. If he doesn’t know what it is to play for me and Chelsea it’s one step back," Mourinho said.
"He has to learn that at 19 you have to run three times more than the others, you have to play to your limits and not play like a superstar with the ball at your feet because this is not Under-18s. The Under-18 competition is too easy for him. He’s too good to play in the Under-18s but I don’t accept that when he’s playing in midfield with Mikel and Matic when we don’t have the ball he doesn't press, doesn't have intensity and he’s waiting for everybody else to recover the ball.
Monaco are also said to be asking to take Nathan Ake and Andreas Christensen on for the upcoming season - both of whom have been tipped for big things in the future.
Falcao endured a torrid season while on loan with Manchester United last season, The former Atletico Madrid man scored just four times in the Premier League for the Red Devils and was sent packing back to Monaco - but Mourinho believes he is the man to help the 29-year-old get back to his best.
"If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it," said the Chelsea manager earlier this month. It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United."