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Let's talk about the Falcao rumours

Christof Koepsel

Sometimes, transfer rumours make a lot of sense. Sometimes they make absolutely none. And sometimes they make some sense if you squint at them hard enough and make 'hrm' noises at them. The Radamel Falcao to Chelsea rumours fall into the latter category, and they don't appear to be going away anytime soon.

The story goes a little like this: Chelsea's strikers aren't doing so well this season. The club has a lot of money and has already demonstrated a willingness to spend vast sums in the January transfer window. Jose Mourinho watched Falcao when Colombia played a friendly against Belgium. Falcao might want out to play at a higher level of football and avoid the incoming new French tax law. Mourinho and Falcao share the same agent, and Roman Abramovich has a good relationship with Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Shake those ingredients up and you have yourself a transfer rumour. An exciting one, too, seeing as Falcao is one of the world's premier strikers and more or less every side would be improved by having him around.

Unfortunately, there are some other ingredients that aren't so palatable. Matching Falcao's after-tax wages would be impossible, for one thing. And the transfer fee would also be hugely problematic -- the Colombian moved to Monaco over the summer (in slightly weird fashion) for the eye-watering sum of €60 million, and it's difficult to imagine them being willing to take a loss just to send him away to Chelsea.

The question that hasn't really been asked yet is why the Blues would be keen enough on Falcao to spend an exorbitant amount on him in January when they weren't willing to spend that same amount to grab him eight months earlier? If the Falcao pursuit is real, what's changed since then?

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