One the eve of Jose Mourinho’s disparaging remarks regarding the form of his strikers, the inevitable question marks will surround his transfer plans for the summer.
Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray, a video was released of a conversation between Mourinho and the boss of Swiss watch company Hublot. Mourinho claimed that Chelsea lacked a scorer and joked about the age of Samuel Eto’o.
“The problem with Chelsea is I lack a scorer,” Mourinho said. “I have Eto’o but he is 32 years old, maybe 35, who knows?”
With 11 goals combined between Eto’o, Torres, and Ba, you would be hard pressed to find fault in Mourinho’s statements. Mourinho went on to admit his admiration for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, who continues to top the transfer list of Europe’s elite.
“I need a striker. Falcao needs a club. A player like him cannot play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end (your career with),” he said.
Falcao was in fine goal scoring form for Monaco before breaking his leg in January. The Columbian struck nine goals in 17 appearances since making the switch to France in the summer. The French club signed Falcao for £50million after scintillating displays for Atletico Madrid.
In Madrid, Falcao scored 52 times in 68 appearances during his two-year stint at the club. A remarkable return that did not go unnoticed across Europe. Falcao was the star of Athletico’s UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea in 2012, when he scored a hat-trick and Atletico went on to win 4-1. He became the first player in history to score a hat-trick in the current form of the Super Cup and saw his stock rise.
Before moving to Madrid, Falcao was the star of an resurgent Porto side. He scored 41 goals in 51 appearances, another impressive return. He lead the club to a place in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2010, where he scored the winning goal in the first leg against Arsenal, although the club would go on to lose the second leg and drop out of the tournament.
Falcao is a deadly finisher; he can score goals from many angles. Skilful with both feet, as well as possessing great strength and aerial ability, Falcao is the complete forward. He loves to combine with midfielders and is known for intelligent runs in and around the box. This could work to the advantage of Mourinho’s side, who possess capable playmakers in their ranks such as Hazard, Oscar, and Ramirez.
The player would command a hefty fee however, with Monaco having paid £50m for his services and will be reluctant to let him go for much less than that.