Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Chelsea move a step closer to landing Radamel Falcao.
Chelsea have moved a step closer to landing Atletico Madrid hitman Radamel Falcao after the player agreed personal terms ahead of a £48m January move, according to Goal.com.
The report claims owner Roman Abramovich instructed club chiefs to tell the Columbian that they will activate the release clause in his Atletico Madrid contract this January, and the striker is believed to have made it clear he wants to join the European champions when the window re-opens.
Goal claim that personal terms have already been agreed on a contract that will make the 26-year-old one of the league highest earners and Chelsea will splash out an incredible €60m (around £48m) to bring him to Stamford Bridge.
As reported on Monday, Premier League champions Manchester City are also showing strong interest but Chelsea have stepped up their efforts and look like they could get their man this winter. Atletico are desperate to keep hold of the player – who has netted 49 goals in just 60 games for the Spanish outfit – but are powerless if a club activates his buyout clause.
The deal is thought to be complex due to third-party ownership issues, with agent Jorge Mendes part of a group of investors that own a stake in Falcao, but Chelsea are confident they can complete the transfer this January.
Roberto Di Matteo see’s the former Porto man as the final piece of the puzzle and his arrival will throw fresh doubt over the futures of Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge.
While the validity of Goal.com as a source has been questioned in the past, there is little doubt that Chelsea hold a serious interest in the Columbian striker. Claiming that the club has already agreed personal terms in a bold move by Goal, but as is the case with many deals these days, meetings happen months in advance of a transfer being completed and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Blues had already discussed financial packages with the player.
One things for sure, if Falcao does move to West London in January Chelsea have got themselves one hell of a player and Premier League defenders will be having some sleepless nights.
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