Radamel Falcao is close to agreeing a move to Chelsea having agreed personal terms, according to the Sunday Times.
The Colombian forward spent last season on loan with Manchester United but failed to make an impression and has returned to Monaco, however it seems he could be back in England before long.
The Sunday Times say that Falcao is "100%" committed to joining Chelsea after receiving reassurances from Blues boss Jose Mourinho that he would get regular playing time in order to help the former Porto ace find his best form - something that evaded him at Old Trafford.
All that remains for the deal to be finalised is an agreement with Monaco and whether the transfer will initially be a loan with an option to make it permanent.
Monaco are eager to get Falcao, who reportedly earns £280,000-per-week, in order to comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play directive. The 29-year-old is said to have been willing to take a pay cut in order to make the move happen.
Chelsea are taking something of a risk on Falcao after he struggled last season on the back of a knee injury which cost him his place at the World Cup last year. The Blues can currently call upon Diego Costa and Loic Remy as their striker options after Didier Drogba called time on his second spell in west London - and Falcao insisted today that his time at Manchester United isn't reflective of his overall game.
"Today I am a more complete footballer and, if I don't score goals or as many goals as before, they say it is not the same Falcao," he told reporters.
"They say that Falcao is back. But Falcao has never left. It depends on what point of view you measure Falcao."
The news will be made all the sweeter by reports that Mourinho has signed a new contract with Chelsea, making him the best paid manager in the game.
The Sunday Times say that the Special One will earn after-tax salary will be over £7.25m which will make him the highest paid manager on the planet. Mourinho's assistants, Rui Faria and Silvino Louro, will also be rewarded new deals.
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