Radamel Falcao didn’t exhibit the caliber of play Manchester United hoped to utilize this season, but regardless, the current AS Monaco forward still manages to get looks from first-class Premier League sides.
Sky Sports has reported that incumbent PL champion Chelsea and the 29-year-old are in “transfer talks.”
Usually taking the field when Robin van Persie was absent due to injury, Falcao managed to score only four times in 29 appearances for United, and with the intention of giving him more playing time, manager Louis van Gaal sent him to the U-21 youth side in a match against Tottenham Hotspur’s youngsters.
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The Red Devils unsurprisingly rejected the opportunity to permanently sign the on-loan Falcao at the end of the 2014-15 season, an action that would’ve costed the squad about $67.3 million (£44 million).
“Falcao is a top professional and a good human being,” Van Gaal said to Manchester United’s official website earlier in this week. “On behalf of myself and everyone at the club I would like to wish him well for the future.”
Chelsea lost veteran striker Didier Drogba as the Ivorian’s contract ran out, with rumors circling that he may journey across the pond to star in Major League Soccer for NYCFC.
This absence creates an opening to acquire a player for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who would like to make “two or three signings” in the summer transfer window, likely to bolster the depth of his already impressive roster.
He and Falcao have familiarity in the business side of soccer, both represented by the same agent, Jorge Mendes.
Falcao may not be a sure goalscorer at the moment and his wages–about $382,000 per week–are too high, since Drogba was paid $305,890 per week at his most expensive during his stint with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.
Mourinho executed a pay cut that decreased Drogba’s salary for the 2014-15 year to $152,945 (£100,000) per week, so the Blues, if they agree to terms with the Columbian, will likely seek out that range of compensation.
Because Falcao’s still under 30 years old, and his potential is not completely lost, that sum could swell over $200,000.