Abramovich wants Falcao and is ready to meet the £48 million buy-out clause in the striker’s contract. Add in a £200,000-a-week wages (making him the highest paid player at Chelsa) and the European Champions could end up paying close to £100 million for the world’s third best striker.
Reports from Spain and South America say that Atletico Madrid offered Falcao to Chelsea before the Uefa SuperSup game in Monaco earlier this year. Then Abramovich said no as he wanted to give Fernando Torres a chance to claim the number nine shirt at Chelsea.
But despite Torres showing an improvement of form since Rafa Benitez took over from Roberto Di Matteo, it is clear that Chelsea feel that in the long-term Torres is not the answer.
The only question is when Falcao will move to Stamford Bridge? Chelsea are expected to make a bid for Falcao in January, but with Atletico in the hunt for an automatic Champions League spot, and the money that comes with that, I don’t expect this deal to happen until next summer.