After Colombian TV claimed that Radamel Falcao had put pen to paper on a Chelsea contract, now it's time for his family to confirm that the Colombian striker is moving to Stamford Bridge. The Guardian reports that Falcao's father and his uncle have confirmed to them that Chelsea struck a deal with the player's employers AS Monaco as they look to take some of their players off their books a year after Monaco's owner divorce.
The Guardian runs the story claiming that Falcao's wages are coming down from £265,000 to £180,000 per week, with Chelsea topping it off with a £4m loan fee. It is a much higher value than reported by the London Evening Standard yesterday that had Falcao earning only £130,000 per week in his Chelsea loan spell, or less than 50 percent of his Monaco/Manchester United wages.
On the same note, it is also reported that José Mourinho wants to "help Falcao get back on his level" in which he was playing before suffering a knee injury in the French Cup for Monaco that took him out of the Brazil's World Cup last year.
To be fair, I was high on this transfer with the previous figures that were being thrown around. Paying £130,000 per week on wages for Falcao isn't negligible but given how his contract was structured with Monaco, it seemed that we made a great deal out of it. But now, if the Guardian's numbers are true, it seems that we're simply covering Falcao's yearly costs on his main club for them -- almost as if we're doing a favour instead of plain business.
It screams of a Mourinho pet project, and I'm starting to dislike it.