The transfer window is officially open and there will be lots of movement in the coming months for Premier League clubs. Chelsea need to strengthen once again to keep the chasing pack at bay. Manchester City have struggled to build on their success in recent years due to their poor transfer business, but it’s unlikely that Jose Mourinho will allow his club to make the same mistakes this summer. The Blues already have a great squad, but a refresh and some extra competition will only be a positive thing when it comes to performance levels.
The champions have been linked with a number of players recently, but one name who won’t go away is Radamel Falcao and it appears to have some substance to it. The striker spent last season on loan at Manchester United and he failed to impress in England, which will only make him eager to return to the Premier League and prove himself in one of the biggest leagues in the world. His pedigree makes him a worthy risk and Mourinho will believe in his own ability to get the Colombian back to his best, something that Louis van Gaal was incapable of in the recent season.
Chelsea already have Diego Costa in their ranks who impressed in his debut campaign at the club, while they have Loic Remy in reserve. Didier Drogba’s future is uncertain, and the move for Falcao could be to replace the Ivorian. He would bring experience and quality to the Chelsea squad, especially if he finds the form he showed at Atletico Madrid. The last season has damaged the forward, but he would still represent a good piece of business for the Blues as they attempt to challenge for the Champions League next season.
For Manchester United, the Colombian had some good moments, but the lack of faith in him from van Gaal hindered his ability to properly settle at the club, while his recent injury problems also played a part. He scored four goals and got four assists during his spell at Old Trafford in 26 league appearances. This wasn’t a great return, especially when you consider the amount of money that Manchester United spent on his loan spell, but with greater opportunities at Chelsea, he could thrive in England.
Chelsea are planning on bringing the Colombian in on loan like Manchester United did, which does show that doubts remain around Falcao’s ability to return to the form he showed in Spain. However, if he impresses, there will be an option to buy the striker, which does reduce the risk for Chelsea somewhat.
The move for Falcao is going to be the start of a busy summer for Chelsea with outgoings and incomings expected over the coming weeks as Mourinho wants to push on for European success which has eluded him at Stamford Bridge. The Colombian could turn out to be a great bit of business as Mourinho could be the one man to bring the best back to the striker’s game. If the move does go ahead, it could prove to be one of the deals of the summer.
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It is a risk worth taken. Falcao himself wants to prove himself, and with Mourinho, it could be a success. Falcao’s self-determination would propel him to perform. He would still be happy not being a first choice striker since he knew beforehand. And pairing him with Costa would be very great for Chelsea.