If Jose Mourinho left Chelsea in acrimonious circumstances, the one bit of comfort he would have retained is the fact that he has left the Stamford Bridge club with possibly the most useless signing from either of his stints as their manager.
Radamel Falcao was seen as the budget option when he was brought in on a season-long loan deal last summer. Of course, his £140,000-a-week wages would not be considered a budget option for most clubs, especially after his spectacular failure at Manchester United in the previous campaign.
But Mourinho had little choice. Roman Abramovich appeared to be tightening the purse strings for once. He thought Diego Costa, Loic Remy and a former world-class striker on loan would be enough for the Special One. Oh, how wrong he was.
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Falcao has arguably been even worse than he was for Manchester United, adding injury-proneness to his dire performances, scoring just one goal all season. Needless to say, Chelsea were keen to terminate the deal with AS Monaco early.
You may laugh at the suggestion, but the Blues actually went extremely close to getting Falcao off of the books, as Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev recently admitted.
Vasilyev told RMC Sport: “It’s true that we’ve talked about Falcao on numerous occasions.
“The original idea was that he would return to Monaco to play the second half of the season. He came over and had a medical. Unfortunately, he was injured.
“So we took the decision that it would be better for him to stay with Chelsea. Could he return one day? I won’t close the door, that door remains open.”
It must have been odd for the fallen Colombian to return to his parent club only to find himself going through the medical process usually reserved for new signings. It is a new low for a man once considered the deadliest striker in world football and further evidence that he will no longer come close to those lofty heights.
For Chelsea, it means paying him millions to make up the numbers in training. It is also likely to stop them from signing a new backup striker in the current January window. It is one of many nightmares the reigning Premier League champions have experienced this season.