Spanish TV show Punto Pelota claim that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez doesn’t want to ruin the pact of ‘non aggression’ between themselves and Atletico Madrid, which gives Chelsea a free run at long-term target Radamel Falcao and suggested a deal may be in place.
Following the continuing failures of goal-shy forward Fernando Torres it’s fairly certain that Roman Abramovich would like to bolster their attacking options this summer and it was even rumoured that Falcao was given a tour of London and the club’s training facilities, so could he be the man to lead the line for Chelsea next season?
I can imagine Falcao arriving after the end of this season but I doubt anything is concrete yet and even if a fee and terms had been agreed, any deal would likely depend on Champions League qualification and he may even want to see who our next manager will be.
The forward has been in fine goal scoring form for the past four years for Porto before moving to Atletico Madrid. During his time in Portugal he played 87 matches and scored 72 goals, and has netted 59 times in 71 games for Atletico Madrid – which puts Torres’ 27 goals in 109 for Chelsea to shame.
There’s no doubt that Chelsea need a forward that will compliment the brilliant Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and company but whether Falcao will be that man remains to be seen. I believe he’s the best forward in the world at the moment and would love to see him in Chelsea blue but I’m no fan of a deal that may involve Thibaut Courtois going the other way, so we would likely have to meet his £47/48 million-ish release fee to land him.
But the forward position isn’t the only one we have to concern ourselves with this summer as the squad is unbalanced and we’re lacking in a number of key area such as central midfield (priority) and central defence, but a forward in form makes a huge difference and you only have to look at Robin van Persie to see what sort of impact the right forward can have on a team as Manchester United are running away with the Premier League. At least during a summer deal we’ll have the time to put any signings through a medical which would help us avoid signing another dud like Torres.