Mauro Icardi and Paulo Dybala will both remain in Italy next season, but it's looking more and more like Chelsea could be making a move for Manchester United misfit Radamel Falcao. The Telegraph have already reported that the player is 'desperate' for a move to London, and that he would take a large pay cut in order to facilitate the move. On Thursday, the paper had some details about the financials involved between the two clubs:
Monaco want a £5 million loan fee for striker Falcao and negotiations have been taking place with Chelsea over exactly how the transfer could be structured.
Should Falcao succeed during a season-long loan at Chelsea, then Monaco want a written agreement that the Blues would have to pay £35m to sign him permanently.
So it sounds like a loan with an option to buy, something I'd probably be happy enough with assuming the forward is willing to settle for a considerably lower wage. With known commodities like Diego Costa and Loic Remy already in the fold, Falcao would seem to be a low-risk move with the potential to be a steal.
That said, I'd imagine a £35 million option to buy would ensure this remains just a one-season loan, as there's just no way the Blues will be paying that amount of money for a 30-year old. If a deal goes through, I'd expect that option to be for a considerably lower sum.