Monaco’s vice president, Vadim Vasilyev was never worried for Radamel Falcao’s future. He knew he would be noticed by a top club. And now it seems his confidence has turned into reality as the Columbian is all set to join Chelsea.
Playing for Manchester United on loan from French club, Monaco, Falcao had a terrible season at Old Trafford last season, scoring only four goals in 29 appearances.
Louis Van Gaal’s side bought Falcao for 6 million pounds, amounting to 190,000 pounds salary a week. They had the option to sign the 29-year-old Columbian forward for 43.2 million pounds; however Falcao’s poor show at the club compelled them to pass the opportunity.
Currently busy with national duties for Copa America in Chile, Falcao was on the spotlight for a long time before Chelsea grabbed the chance to agree deals with him.
According to The Guardian, Chelsea splashed a loan fee of around 4 million pounds for the footballer, an amount that is 2 million pounds less than what their rivals paid last summer to capture him.
The Premier League champions has an option of buying the Columbian forward next summer for 35 million pounds – a sum way less than what Falcao would’ve got had Manchester United decided to keep him.
Furthermore, joining Chelsea means Falcao’s weekly salary suffering an extensive cut from 265,000 to 260,000 pounds. The same Guardian report has said that the move will make him match with Eden Hazard whose 200,000 pounds salary a week makes him the highest paid Chelsea player currently.
The Guardian report has added how Jose Mourinho, Chelsea’s manager was all about good words for Falcao with whom he shares the same agent, Jorge Mendes. He said that that for a player at Falcao’s level and quality, it is a “real shame” that people of England think he is the player “who was at Manchester United.”
He added: “If there’s anyway for me to help the English people to get to know the real Falcao, that would give me pleasure.”
In a report by Express, Falcao’s Columbian teammate and now soon-to-be Chelsea teammate too, Juan Cuadrado expressed his delight to have Falcao in the club. “It’s important to have a team-mate like him at the club but now I’m concentrating on Copa America and will talk about it later,” he said.
Thinking about transfer news between Premier league and Latin American or Spanish players, the question of how well the player can adapt to the Premier league conditions inevitably rises in our mind. Angel Di Maria who was one of the assets of Real Madrid failed to flourish at Old Trafford. David de Gea also took time to find his form after moving from Atletico Madrid, albeit him being one of the top goalkeepers today.
However, in this situation Falcao seems to be a success because he will have Mourinho who is familiar with the styles of both La Liga as well as Premier league. Therefore, if what he has thought of bringing Falcao’s best in Chelsea looks slightly attainable then it has to be because of this – his experience and knowledge.
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