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Could André Villas-Boas be doing Chelsea one last favour?

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One of the odd things about former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is the degree to which attached to the side that made his name. After coming to Chelsea, he seemed obsessed with bringing both Hulk and Radamel Falcao from the Dragao to Stamford Bridge, and he's since been able to reunite with the former at Zenit St. Petersburg. Now it appears that he's poised to save us from Falcao and His Magical Disappearing Knee.

For some reason, Chelsea are supposed to be interested in acquiring Falcao on loan from Monaco despite watching him wandering around like a lost little lamb with Manchester United for all of last season. Falcao costs rather a lot of money, and committing that much to a reclamation project would be little short of absurd for a club looking to consolidate its position at the top of the Premier League.

So the news that Villas-Boas and Zenit are interested in picking up the Colombian is very welcome. The Mail are citing Sports Daily, a Russian paper (I had a quick peruse and can't find anything about Falcao, but then again trying to search with the Cyrillic alphabet's not very easy). If the Russian champions sell Axel Witsel they should be in position to take on Falcao assuming a big wage cut, and the prospect of being brought back to his old self by a man who led him to huge heights at Porto must be appealing.

More appealing than sitting on the bench behind Loïc Rémy and Diego Costa, one hopes ...