Those of you scanning the Mail for transfer rumours today (the window closed yesterday!) will have seen an article linking Radamel Falcao to Chelsea. That we're getting stories to the effect comes as no surprise, since the Colombian's one of the world's best strikers, has been connected to Chelsea before and just scored a hattrick as his Atletico Madrid team demolished the Blues yesterday. Oh, and Atletico are having financial troubles, and Falcao's worth a lot of money.
Anyway, the Mail are using the 'reports in South America' line to support their claim that Chelsea and Atletico Madrid have worked out a deal that would bring Falcao to the Bridge in January. Citing foreign reports and then failing to link is always interesting when you don't know who's doing the reporting, but fortunately, the eagle-eyed Karan C had already dug up the original story, which originates on a Colombian football website.
Gol Caracol consultó a una fuente cercana al jugador y al club colchonero, y según ésta los dos equipos llegaron a un preacuerdo para que Falcao García sea nuevo 9 del Chelsea en enero, cuando se abra el mercado invernal.
Google translated, that says something about consulting a source close to the player and the club mattress* and finding out that Chelsea and Atletico had reached a preliminary agreement for a January transfer.
*Yeah I don't know either.
That's not enough to go on. When Falcao opened the scoring yesterday, I was cracking jokes about wanting him to get enough goals for Roman Abramovich to just pay his reported 47 million buyout at halftime. It's just such an easy and obvious story to come up with that without anything in the way of quotes -- and anonymous sources are pretty weak no matter what the story -- it's impossible to have any faith in it, especially without knowing anything about Gol Caracol's reputation.
The story even gives itself an out as well just in case this whole thing doesn't happen. I don't know guys, this one just seems far too good to be true. You can either put your faith in it and probably have them crushed like an ant under the feet of mecha-Godzilla or be skeptical and be pleasantly surprised when we hear that this is actually happening.
PS: I've seen a lot of suggestions that Chelsea could offer Fernando Torres and cash in an exchange for Falcao. This fundamentally misreads the financial situation in Madrid -- they need money badly and Torres' wages would be a crippling burden. If we get Falcao, it'll be for an enormous pile of cash.