By Derrick Kiplagat
Former out of form Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has finally signed for Premier League rivals Chelsea on a season-long loan, according to reports in Colombia.
Colombian broadcaster Caracol Goals claim that the 29-year-old put pen to paper on the deal shortly after Colombia’s exit from the ongoing Copa America recently, at the hands of Argentina. The move has long been anticipated, but as of now Chelsea still have yet to confirm that the player has agreed to the deal.
Falcao was initially on loan at Old Trafford and United had the option to sign the player permanently from former club Monaco for £ 43m, but after his sluggish displays they decided not to take up their option to keep him. Instead, the Blues will bring him in to compete with French striker Loic Remy and former Atletico Madrid team mate Diego Costa.
However, it’s not believed to be too far away given Jose Mourinho has confirmed his admiration for the player in the past, and because Falcao himself hinted that the move wasn’t too far away in a recent interview. Chelsea are taking the chance on the player despite the poor season he had at Old Trafford last year – one in which he bagged a mere four goals in 26 appearances.
Blues manager Jose Mourinho said in mid-June that he was ‘hurt’ by the reputation Falcao had earned in England, of a player unable to reach the great standards he set himself before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in January 2014.
Mourinho said, “If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it. It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United.”
Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba left the club recently after playing out his one-year contract at Stamford Bridge, and Falcao is now set to take the Ivorian’s place on the squad. Falcao is now set to take a three-week break to recover from the Copa America before meeting up with his new team mates in Canada on July 19 for pre-season training.