Chelsea have announced the loan signing of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao as the club look to remain FFP compliant.
Falcao made his Champions League debut against Chelsea and also scored a hat-trick against the Blues in the European Super Cup during a spell with Atletico Madrid. The 20-year-old Croatia worldwide spent last season at Spanish side Elche following his £3million move from Hajduk Split.
He told Monaco’s official website: “I am happy I am here in this big club”.
Falcao’s penultimate start for United came against Mourinho’s men and was perhaps the ideal encapsulation of his problems under Van Gaal’s stewardship as he was bullied by a determined Chelsea side cruising to the league title.
And now, according to the latest reports at the Metro the Stamford Bridge outfit have managed to acquire Falcao on a season-loan loan.
The striker will link up with ex- teammates Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, who he played alongside at Atletico, as well as Colombia compatriot Juan Cuadrado. Before his injury, he was easily one of the best strikers in the world.
Now, Falcao has the chance to repay the faith Mourinho has shown in him. Last term, a prevalent criticism of United’s attack was a lack of pace, particularly in the first half of the season but at Chelsea they have no such problems. Now, all he has to do is put the ball in the back of the net and prove his predatory instincts are still intact.