Leaks reveal Chelsea paid nothing for Radamel Falcao loan but would be £40m to buy
The beautiful game's crusaders of truth, otherwise known as Football Leaks, have some unusually good news - at least where Chelsea are concerned. They have obtained the documentation for Radamel Falcao's disastrous loan spell at Stamford Bridge from Monaco, and it reveals that the Blues didn't have to shell out a penny to secure the Colombian's temporary services.
Falcao is understood to have accepted a pay-cut to try and resurrect his career when he moved to Chelsea on a season-long deal, and the document states that "it is explicitly agreed that no fee is charged to Chelsea by AS Monaco for the temporary transfer of the player's registration."
Chelsea, the document goes on to declare, would have to find £38m down the back of Roman Abramovich's sofa if they wish to make Falcao's miserable stay a permanent one - they have until the end of April to contact Monaco with a firm but polite "no thanks".
Another striker whose Stamford Bridge days appear to be numbered is Loic Remy. With Chelsea continuing to close in on a deal for Brazilian striker Pato, the 29-year-old Frenchman - frustrated with his lack of opportunities this season - is attracted firm interest from Crystal Palace, according to The Express.
Alan Pardew is desperate to boost the attacking ranks of his goal-shy side, who have just a Jan Vertonghen own-goal to show for their last six Premier League outings. Should Chelsea see the Pato deal over the line, a switch for Remy is likely to be swiftly agreed with Palace.
Chelsea's hopes for some January reinforcements, however, have been hit by a scathing Thierry Henry column in The Sun. The former Arsenal striker and Sky Sports pundit suggested that top players are unlikely to be attracted to Stamford Bridge while the club remain in such relative chaos.
"No top player is going to sign for Chelsea during the January window because they don’t know who the manager will be next season or if they will be playing in the Champions League," wrote Henry.
"If I had the chance to join Chelsea this month, I would sit tight until the summer and wait for some of those questions to be answered."