Chelsea forward Loic Remy is concerned that the imminent arrival of Radamel Falcao will see him demoted to the role of third-choice striker at Stamford Bridge - and the France international is subsequently considering his options.
This is according to the Telegraph, who understand Chelsea will demand at least £15 million to sell the 28-year-old - £4.5 million more than the fee they paid Queens Park Rangers last summer.
Falcao is expected to sign a season-long loan deal with Chelsea as early as this weekend, and the Colombia international will be Jose Mourinho’s first option in attack for when Diego Costa is injured, suspended or in need of a rest.
Remy scored seven goals in 21 Premier League appearances last season, but that is caveated by the fact he only made six starts for the Blues.
The versatile forward was often used as an impact substitute last season alongside Didier Drogba, who has left Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
Remy daunted by Falcao competition?
Remy could be forgiven for feeling a little daunted by the competition provided by Falcao, despite the South American striker’s dismal performances at Old Trafford.
The 29-year-old only scored four goals in 29 appearances for the Red Devils, but was arguably the best No. 9 on the planet as recently as three years ago.
Mourinho is confident he can help Falcao rediscover his best form - and if he succeeds, Remy is likely to see even less game time next season.
Crystal Palace are keen to make Remy their marquee signing this summer. Alan Pardew, the Eagles’ current manager, worked alongside the striker at Newcastle United during the 2013-14 campaign and ultimately helped him to secure a big-money move to west London.
However, Chelsea’s asking price could prove too hefty for Palace, who are reportedly prepared to take on Remy’s £80,000-a-week wages. The Blues are not prepared to budge on their £15 million valuation.
Remy needs to join another big club
Despite his admiration for Pardew, Remy is likely to regard a move to Crystal Palace as too big a step down from Premier league champions Chelsea.
This is a player with aspirations of making the France squad for next summer’s European Championships - which, of course, take place in his home country - and playing in European competition is likely to be essential with so much competition for places in Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad.
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