If there’s one rumour that concerns me this season it’s the one doing the rounds about Thibaut Courtois being used in a part exchange deal for Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao and I’m hoping it’s just a case of the press putting two and two together and coming up with five.
The Belgian also thinks that this is just paper talk and is convinced that he will not be used as a bargaining chip for the Colombian forward and labelled it a ‘nonsense’ story.
He was quoted in the Evening Standard:
“A lot of things the press say are nonsense. They are guessing.
“They know Chelsea want Falcao but Chelsea have told me, ‘The last thing we want to do is sell you’. Maybe they are lying to me but I don’t think so.
“They will continue with Cech for two more years, I believe. The problem is I think that Chelsea didn’t expect me to be at this level this soon. I’ve developed really quickly. It’s a very good situation for Chelsea.”
‘The last thing we want to do is sell you’ are exactly the words I wanted to hear in order to allay our fears about this rumour. If Chelsea are serious about signing Falcao then they will have to pay up and there’s no point losing one of the most promising goalkeeping talents for the sake of a few million, it’d be undervaluing our own player and wouldn’t make sense.
Of course there’s financial fair play to think about, but it’s far more likely that Chelsea will make room on the budget for summer additions by clearing the wages of Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda, Yossi Benayoun, Michael Essien and maybe even Fernando Torres (if we’re lucky) off the books than shift someone with long term value.