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Fiorentina sets sights on Chelsea striker loan deal

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The words "Fiorentina" and "loan" might have become triggers to a great insurgence of annoyance from Chelsea fans ever since the Salah Days of Our Life saga (that looks far from finished; at least in the heads of the Viola higher-ups). But there's less to worry this time, as Fiorentina is looking to bring AS Monaco's Radamel Falcao on loan to Italy this winter, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian team are currently sitting atop the Serie A league table after 8 rounds with 18 points, only one point ahead of Mohamed Salah-led AS Roma and Inter Milan. Gazzetta dello Sport claims Fiorentina want to add more options to a striking unit that already includes Nikola Kalinic, Khouma Babacar and Giuseppe Rossi. Other clubs reportedly interested in adding the out-of-favour Colombian striker in their squad are Villarreal, Valencia and Porto.

Falcao's wages could present a huge hurdle, though. At the moment, it is believed Chelsea is carrying part of Falcao's financial burden from his parent club paying between £130,000 and £180,000 in weekly wages. Fiorentina probably aren't capable of taking on these type of wages, and would probably look to strike a better deal for them off AS Monaco. Frankly, I'm not sure why Monaco would do that.

Meanwhile, Falcao has barely played for Chelsea, recording 192 minutes on the pitch in seven Premier League games while scoring a single goal in that spell, against Crystal Palace, in Chelsea's home loss in August.