After securing a £53 million move to the riches of Monaco over the summer, Colombia international Radamel Falcao has proven to be one of the superstars of Ligue 1 football; scoring nine goals in 14 appearances for the club, but despite signing a five-year contract over the summer, speculation over the player’s future continues to grow.
Falcao’s absence during Monaco’s recent win over Reims has raised question marks over the player’s commitment to the club, but sporting director Vadim Vasilyev remains adamant that the striker is happy in the principality.
Falcao’s goals have left Monaco firmly on the coattails of league leaders PSG, with Vasilyev stating categorically that he is ‘certain’ that the club will not be selling their crown jewel in January.
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations however may play a part, with Monaco’s big spending likely to be penalised unless the club can attract significant sponsorship revenues or raise funds through player sales in the mean time.
A move for Falcao in January may be unlikely, but Chelsea’s long-standing interest in the Colombian striker may be revisited in the close season with Jose Mourinho likely to assess the merits of his attacking line at the club including Belgian Romelu Lukaku, who currently finds himself on loan at Everton.
Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke saw Chelsea’s strikers; Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o fail to score for the eleventh match in the Premier League this term and although Jose Mourinho has recently suggested that arrivals will only happen at the end of the season, speculation over the next few weeks will continue to grow.
Falcao’s goalscoring record at club level still remains amongst the very best in Europe, with the forward having fired in 142 goals in 178 appearances for former sides FC Porto and Atletico.
Falcao will be billed as one of South America’s leading talents at next year’s World Cup in Brazil, but the player’s record in European club football will have undoubtedly caught Mourinho’s attention over the years.
At 27 years of age, Falcao remains on course to enjoy the peak years of his career and with Jose Mourinho growing ever more concerned about his own forward line, the Portuguese manager may look to press Roman Abramovich to test Monaco’s resolve over a move for Falcao sooner rather than later.
Article written by Jonathan Day
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