Radamel Falcao will be facing an uncertain future in the game when his loan spell with Chelsea expires at the end of the season.
The Colombian, who was once one of the most feared marksmen on the planet, has scored just once for the Blues and done little to justify the £38 million transfer fee parent club Monaco want for him.
There has been talk of moves to the MLS and China, and if he does head for more exotic shores then it will complete the tragedy that is his miserable spell in English football.
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There was a time, as recently as 2013, where Falcao was considered the best striker on the planet after spearheading Atletico Madrid’s revival under Diego Simeone.
He guaranteed goals. On some days he was simply unplayable, and his four-goal haul against Chelsea in the European Super Cup in 2012 was evidence of a man at the peak of his powers.
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Louis van Gaal and Manchester United thought they were signing that Falcao when they opted to bring him to Old Trafford on loan in the summer of 2014, but his four goals at Old Trafford was evidence of an alarming plight.
Jose Mourinho still saw enough of the old fire to bring him to Stamford Bridge in July, yet it already looks patently clear the Blues will not be signing him on a permanent basis in the summer.
Had it not been for a thigh injury sustained earlier this month, Falcao may already be back at Monaco or the employee of another European powerhouse.
However, his list of possible suitors is decreasing by the week. Even Real Madrid, who flirted with signing the striker during his days at their fiercest rivals, are disinterested and the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG would be unlikely to sign him either.
The lack of interest could lead to a premature move to America, the home of washed-up, waning footballers or even China, where the pay is handsome but the football on the field less so.
With Falcao continuing to look a shadow of the player of old, Monaco will do well to regain even a snippet of the £54 million they paid Atletico to sign him three summers ago.
There are clubs across Europe in sore need of a striker, but the brutal truth is that nobody wants to gamble on him. His wages remain too high and even if they could be halved, his form on the pitch has not been an advert for success.
Falcao is facing an uncertain future in football. Only a stunning, late season flurry of goals can keep him at the top. If not, then he will join the likes of Mateja Kezman, Fernando Torres and Hernan Crespo as another flop to grace Stamford Bridge.
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