Falcao was one of many names linked with Chelsea over the summer, along with his former team mate Hulk and Napoli striker and Guardian Football Weekly pin-up, Edinson Cavani.
Chelsea’s plan to stick with Daniel Sturridge as back up for Torres, partly helped by there late advances for German Andre Schurrle being rejected, was shown up in style by Athletico Madrid’s Columbian sensation on Friday night. Falcao showed El Nino how it was done with a sublime hat-trick that could be used as a template for any striker looking to score with majestic yet brutal finishing. A former Madrid striker looked on as a possibly soon to be former Madrid stiker celebrated wildly.
At least that is what the Daily Mail is reporting. According to the British tabloid we could see Falcao in the Premiership as soon as January with the Columbian’s father, Radamel, giving the Daily Mail the inside scoop: “Ever since he was a boy he has loved Chelsea and has always thought it would be an honour to play for a big Premier League team”. In response to the chance of him playing in the freezing cold of the Premiership’s winter schedule this season Radamel replied: “Yes, it’s very likely”
Taking all this into context it would seem that Chelsea would be the club that Falcao would opt for but with Manchester City also interested and the release clause of £55million Euro’s giving an idea of the amount Athletico would let him leave for, the mega bucks of City make the Eithad a more plausible destination.
Either way if we see Falcao in navy blue or sky blue it can’t be soon enough in my opinion. The striker was at Porto when AVB was around and they dominated everything they played against. Falcao himself managed 41 goals in 51 appearances in the Super Liga before Athletico Madrid came in for him. Since then he has taken to La Liga like Prince Harry takes to a hen night in Las Vegas and has bagged himself 27 goals in 36 appearances in the Spanish top tier. Along with 4 goals in 8 Champions League games not to mention 29 goals in 29 games in the Europa League, it is a wonder why on earth Chelsea didn’t break their necks trying to sign this man over the summer.
With Athletico Madrid playing in the same formation as Chelsea his transition could be seamless, much like his transition to the Spanish outfit, and even though Torres looks to be getting back to his best there was still an air of the sulky child about him when watching on as his time went 3-0 behind just before half time. If Di Matteo can nurture Sturridge into the player he has the potential to be then by January they may not need him, which considering the new financial fair play rules would do more good than harm.
Whether or not Falcao will join Chelsea in January is anybody’s guess right now but the most important factor is going to be how the front line of Chelsea do between now and the re-opening of the transfer window. Torres and co should count themselves lucky they don’t have an impatient owner with ridiculously high standards and….. oh yeah. Better start house hunting Falcao, Abramovich is coming.