If we’re talking prolific front-men to lead the Chelsea attack, there’s none that have been more lethal in European football over the last five years than Colombian assassin Radamel Falcao.
Following sensational returns of 72 goals in 87 appearances at FC Porto and 70 goals in 91 outings with Atletico Madrid, the 27 year-old joined French super-spenders AS Monaco in a £54million deal during the summer.
But there’s been consistent rumours of the 5 foot 10 forward’s disillusion in South France since, reportedly discontent with the limited quality of Ligue 1. Confusion over a recent first team absence due to a thigh injury has further heightened speculation that Falcao’s French top flight tenure could soon come to a very abrupt end.
The Colombian international, who has netted twenty times in 51 appearances for his country, also dons two Europa League titles, a Primeira Liga title and a Copa del Rey on his CV, and once put the Blues to the sword with a hat-trick in the European Super Cup back in 2012.
Chelsea were reportedly hot on the South American’s heels in the summer, before he opted to move to Monaco’s tax haven, but Jose Mourinho’s interest was deterred due to Falcao’s limited contribution to build-up play outside of the final third.
With the Blues lacking nothing but a bonafied goal scorer this term however, it’s believed the Portuguese has had a change of heart, and was spotted scouting the Colombian taking on Belgium during the recent international break.
It would still take an almighty fee to convince Monaco to sell however, which could exceed their original investment made just six months ago. Furthermore, the Ligue 1 title contenders have continually rebuffed claims Falcao could be on the move, and will be incredibly reluctant to let their prized asset leave whilst they’re just five points behind league leaders PSG in the French table.