Chelsea have spent the better part of the last three years being linked to Colombia striker Radamel Falcao. Those links will likely quiet down for a while though, as the player has suffered a major injury that will see him miss the World Cup:
Doctor Jose Carlos Noronha (doctor running tests on Monaco's Radamel Falcao today) confirms ACL tear. Out for 6 months. More to come. #ASM— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) January 23, 2014
Obviously, we'll all be wishing Falcao a speedy recovery, as he's a joy to watch when he's on the pitch. Any ridiculous thoughts that we might use some of the Juan Mata profits to bring the player to London can be immediately discarded though, as the player is certainly done for the season.
What this means for the future is a bit debatable, as FFP could play a big part in determining what comes next. Should UEFA come down hard on clubs that fail to comply in April, Monaco are one of the clubs most likely to have a fire sale. Falcao is now a lot less attractive target for potential buyers, as players in their late 20's coming off this sort of injury don't always return to the sort of form that they displayed earlier in their career.
Regardless, it's safe to assume that even the silliest of tabloids will now cross Falcao's name off their list of Chelsea's January targets. So much for that rumor...