Radamel Falcao took a massive pay cut to join Chelsea
Published 04/07/2015 | 12:54
Chelsea are paying new signing Radamel Falcao less than half his £265,000-a-week salary at Monaco, according to reports.
The Colombian striker completed his season-long loan move to Stamford Bridge on Friday, and it has now been claimed that he has taken a huge pay cut to seal the move.
According to several reports today, Falcao is being paid a 'mere' £130,000-a-week at Chelsea, which represents something of a coup for the Premier League champions.
United paid his Monaco salary in full during his loan spell at Old Trafford last season, a deal which proved disastrous value as he scored just four goals in 26 appearances.
Chelsea were unwilling to pay that much for a player who looked a shadow of his former self last term, and whose ability to ever regain his old sharpness in the wake of a serious knee injury is now being openly questioned.
"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea," Falcao said. "I can't wait to start training, to help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe."
Meanwhile, it has emerged that Chelsea face competition from Barcelona to sign winger Arda Turan from Atletico Madrid.
Turan has emerged as one of Chelsea's top targets this summer and could replace Juan Cuadrado in Jose Mourinho's squad, if the manager decides to cut his losses on the Colombian.
But it has now emerged that Barca manager Luis Enrique asked the club to sign Turan from Atletico Madrid, according to their presidential candidate Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Luis Enrique has asked for him," Bartomeu said, in Spanish newspaper AS. "The priorities for the coach were Aleix Vidal and Arda.
"The board needs to sign a player like him -- they have to. They must sign Arda and incorporate him as soon as possible so that he can start the pre-season."
Chelsea striker has also made a peculiar plea for Turan to be reunited with him at Stamford Bridge.
The Spain international, who played with Turan at Atletico Madrid, admitted he misses the winger's cooking.
“He introduced us all to Turkish food. I really liked his kebabs and when he had food everybody would hover around his house for some,” Costa said.