Arsenal were linked with a swoop for Atletico Madrid striker Falcao over the weekend, and yesterday we ran two articles looking at five reasons why the striker could move to the Gunners, and five reasons he probably won't.
Chelsea are a far more likely destination for the free-scoring forward, and we were contacted by a Blues fan on Twitter asking us to run a similar article, listing five reasons why the striker could sign for the club.
So here we are...
1) Abramovich's Deep pockets
Let's face it, Roman Abramovich is not afraid to put his hand into his pocket to land a top player. We have seen it this summer with the two outstanding prospects in world football brought to Chelsea in Oscar and Eden Hazard. Even Fernando Torres cost £50 million, when the owner showed he is more than willing to spend big in January too, not just the summer months. Falcao has a reported release fee clause of £48 million, potentially less than his market value, a bargain if they can get him.
2) Lack of forwards
It's no secret the one area Chelsea are light in is the striking department. With youngster Romelu Lukaku out on loan, Torres and Sturridge are the club's two striking options. When you compare this to Manchester United and Manchester City, each with four strikers on their books, Chelsea could do with a new face, especially if one of their pair sustained an injury. While their attacking midfielders can step into the breach in such a case, it is not permanent solution, whereas signing Falcao would be.
3) Falcao is a natural replacement for Drogba
Torres and Sturridge are fine players, but they are very different type of goalscorers to the departed club legend Didier Drogba. The Ivorian was a player as capable in the air as with his feet, something Falcao certainly is. The Colombian striker is still very mobile, and would certainly thrive off Mata and Hazard's quick play, but his power would add a new dimension to the club's attack.
4) Atletico's money troubles
Chelsea can take advantage of Atletico's need to raise cash; the club are heavily in debt. The club were one of 23 singled out by UEFA last month to have their prize money withheld from them over failure to pay tax, reported to owe an outstanding 115 million Euros to the Spanish treasury, Clearly selling Falcao will not completely alleviate this, but it will reduce it by a substantial portion.
5) The player's ambition
Atletico may be riding high in La Liga at present, level on points with Barcelona, but can they sustain it? It would certainly be a surprise if they were still level come January, while Chelsea will have every ambition of still topping the Premier League by then. The Blues will be able to offer him Champions League football, a step up from his Europa League domination. He has been linked with a move to rivals Real, but that is a switch his club would do everything possible to resist, and Chelsea appear far more likely alternatives, motivated by the player's destruction of their defence in the Super Cup.
So, Falcao to Chelsea, is it on?
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