After imperiously upstaging Chelsea in Fridays Uefa Super Cup in Monaco, Radamel Falcao was trending worldwide. The obvious and almost cringing pun of FalcWOW was the favourite of various witticisms on the online opinion gatherer.
So with such a magnificent amount of talent at the Colombians disposal the question emerges as to why exactly nobody broke the bank to bring him to the Premier League this season.
There was copious amounts of interest in the Atletico striker if you believe the various red tops gossip pages and the strikers father has now confirmed there was a concrete enquiry in the 26 year old from an English team. With the safety net of the transfer window now being closed the revealing of this information did not seem to sensitive but it still hasn’t stopped some sources starting extremely early with transfer rumours for January.
So why hasn’t he been snapped up by one of the world’s best considering his unbelievable scoring records?
At Porto he scored 72 goals in 87 games whilst at Atletico he currently sits on a tidy 42 in 53 so it isn’t for a want of talent. Dangerous in the air and a potent finisher on either foot he would be a welcome addition to any team in world football.
The asking price for the striker seemed to put off teams such as Juventus and some of the Premier League contenders. €55 million is an extremely high amount of money in this time of worldwide economical crisis and despite the top teams apparent recession proof attributes many would smart at such a price tag.
But Spurs and Chelsea were linked with his signature and Manchester City would be able to afford his talents, offering Edin Dzeko in exchange to soften any blow. Hypothetical wonderings as these are there must be a reason nobody managed to pry him away from the Spanish capital.
He has suffered with knee problems in the past but those seem firmly behind him and would surely not put off potential suitors; so what else would prevent a transfer? Well according to some reports the player himself.
We have grown used to the Premier League being the Holy Grail for professional football but in recent years the technical superiority of the Spanish game has seen some of our bigger stars lured to the Iberian Peninsula to ply their trade.
Falcao himself has stated that the Premier League is not a specific dream of his and that playing for Atletico and in Spain is his only focus.
However his father and reports in Colombia seem to confirm the interest of Chelsea, and that the marksman has always supported The Blues and would relish the opportunity of playing for the team he humiliated so efficiently on Friday night.
Based on that performance he might just be the most dangerous out and out centre forward on the planet, and despite what he has said about his lack of Premier League aspirations, don’t be surprised to see Radamel Falcao playing in the Premier League sometime soon.
Here are the highlights from his sensational performance against Bilbao just before destroying Chelsea in the Super Cup, another hat-trick...
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