Wednesday 25 April 2018

Chelsea open talks to sign Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao

Colombian striker - who spent last season with Manchester United - could move to Stamford Bridge on reduced terms

Colombia international Radamel Falcao has struggled to show his best at Manchester United
Colombia international Radamel Falcao has struggled to show his best at Manchester United

Jason Burt

Chelsea have opened talks to sign Radamel Falcao after being offered the chance to acquire the Colombian striker on reduced terms.

Falcao, who has returned home to prepare for the Copa America, was released by Manchester United last week after they decided not take up the option to sign him permanently following an unsuccessful season-long loan spell.

Predictably a sticking point has already emerged in that although Falcao is prepared to take a significant drop in wages – he currently earns £265,000-a-year under the terms of his Monaco contract – Chelsea want him to take an even bigger cut. It may prove to be insurmountable although there is believed to be a strong chance that the deal will be agreed.

Falcao wants to remain in the Premier League despite scoring just four goals in 29 appearances on loan at United but does have other options. Clubs are unlikely to want to pay the £43m fee that Monaco have been demanding and the French club accept they will have to demand less.

"I have a few offers, but my agent's looking after it,” Falcao said on Friday in Bogota as he prepares for the tournament.

The 29-year-old has the same agent – Jorge Mendes – as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and striker Diego Costa and has been offered as a replacement for Didier Drogba who is leaving the club.

It is understood that it is Falcao’s preference to join Chelsea but the club are adamant that they will not pay-over-the-odds to sign him. The exact make-up of the deal has to be decided but talks opened last week with Mendes.

Negotiations are being conducted by Chelsea director Marina Granosvkaia who has remained in London while the first-team squad and Mourinho have flown out for their post-season tour.

Chelsea remain interested in the Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann which could spell bad news Loic Remy. Griezmann has a £43m buy-out clause in his contract with Atletico which has not deterred Chelsea.

A previous Chelsea target – the Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira – is set to join Juventus this week after passing a medical.

Although the signing of the German international is regarded as a clear sign that Juventus will sell Paul Pogba it is understood that the Italian club have increased the fee they are asking for the in-demand French midfielder to as high as €100m.

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