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Zenit's André Villas-Boas seeking reunion with Chelsea striker -- report

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Falcao, Hulk and AVB, sitting in a tree... g-e-t-t-i-n-g the Porto band back together.

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In mid-2011, three names from fair Portugal -- Hulk, Falcao and André Villas-Boas -- started to make football headlines across Europe. These three names were the core of a Porto team that had won almost every trophy they could in the 2010-11 season, and every other club in Europe wanted to have one, or all, of them in their setup.

Villas-Boas ended up playing a significant part in Chelsea history, being a catalyst for the club's first Champions League trophy with his sacking at mid-season; meanwhile, Hulk and Falcao were heavily linked with Chelsea throughout the years until we landed the latter in the last transfer window. Eventually, Hulk and AVB reunited at Zenit St. Petersburg; and according to Duncan Castles from ONE World Sports, Falcao could also join his former Porto colleagues in Russia in the near future.

André Villas-Boas is keen to offer Radamel Falcao the opportunity to play regular Champions League football by taking the Chelsea striker on a half-season loan deal to Zenit St. Petersburg.

[...] In the summer transfer window, Villas-Boas sought to persuade Falcao that Zenit would be an ideal environment for him to recover his free scoring ways following a traumatic season under Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.

The 29-year-old instead elected to take a second chance to prove himself in the Premier League by moving to Chelsea on a year's loan.

-Source: ONE World Sports

Unlike Fiorentina, Zenit are more than capable of affording Falcao's current wage terms. A bigger stumbling block to a potential Falcao move would be Zenit's foreign quota however, which forced current West Bromwich striker Salomón Rondón out of the club in the summer transfer window and was also one of the motivating factors behind AVB's decision to announce his intention to quit at the end of the current season.

Perhaps we can strike a swap deal with the Russian club, giving them Falcao while Axel Witsel comes in the opposite direction?