Chelsea have confirmed the arrival of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who has signed a season-long loan deal from parent club AS Monaco.
The Blues announced the deal via their official Twitter account on Friday afternoon, while also confirming that 20-year-old midfielder Mario Pasalic will spend the 2015-16 campaign on loan with Monaco as part of the deal.
“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea,” Falcao told the club’s official website, “and can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe.”
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Falcao will take the place of Didier Drogba, who left Chelsea at the end of last season, and will provide back-up for his former Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa.
The 29-year-old is also reunited with Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis - who he played alongside at the Vicente Calderon - as well as his international colleague Juan Cuadrado.
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Mourinho plans to bring the best out of Falcao
Jose Mourinho told reporters last month that he is confident he can help Falcao rediscover his best form following a dismal season-long loan spell with Manchester United.
Falcao, who was arguably the best number nine on the planet during his spells with FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, scored a paltry four goals in 29 appearances for the Red Devils last term.
Louis van Gaal opted against retaining the services of Falcao, but Mourinho feels the Colombian still has plenty to offer a top European club.
Chelsea fans pessimistic - and understandably so
Many Chelsea fans are pessimistic about the deal, however, particularly after watching his abject performances for Colombia at the Copa America in Chile this summer.
Falcao failed to score a single goal at the showpiece international tournament and did little to suggest he will shine for the reigning Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge.
The serious knee injury he suffered in January 2014 - which subsequently ruled him out of last summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil - undoubtedly affected Falcao who, at times last season, looked a shadow of the world-class striker that scored goals for fun in Portugal and Spain.
If - and it’s perhaps a big if - Mourinho can get the best out of Falcao, it promises to be an inspired signing for Chelsea.
But it’s been a long time since the world has seen the best of the Colombian, whose reputation has taken a nose-dive over the past year.
Chelsea fans: are you pleased that Radamel Falcao has signed? How many goals will he score next season? Have your say in the comments below!
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