Chelsea are growingly concerned that they will fail to offload Radamel Falcao in the January transfer window and will be forced to pay his £135,000-a-week wages until June, reports the Daily Mail.
The Colombian striker was brought to the club by Jose Mourinho in the summer on a season-long loan from AS Monaco. That was despite the fact he had failed spectacularly during an identical arrangement with Manchester United.
Falcao agreed to a significant cut in his wages to join Chelsea, almost halving the £265,000-a-week that Manchester United paid him while the Blues also agreed a £4million loan fee.
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But he remains one of the highest earners at Stamford Bridge and is taking up a significant chunk of the budget whilst offering nothing to the team. Indeed, Falcao has not started a game for almost two months – a 3-1 defeat to Southampton on October 3 – and has scored just once.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea are keen to get rid of Falcao as soon as possible and were hoping to come to some sort of termination agreement with Monaco. However, the French club have no interest in taking their player back and won't allow the Blues to end his deal early.
Precious little interest
Chelsea could still get rid of him if another club agrees to sign him during the January transfer window, but there has been precious little interest in the 29-year-old so far.
Not only do his huge wages rule out the vast majority of clubs, but his poor form has turned off the few clubs who can afford him.
The only club showing an interest is Valencia, who have close ties to Falcao's agent Jorge Mendes, but they will surely change their minds unless he can rekindle at least a fraction of his previous form.
Currently injured and behind Diego Costa, Loic Remy, and possibly Eden Hazard as well, Falcao may never play for Chelsea again.