Chelsea Eyeing Colombian International Radamel Falcao

Chelsea is in the market for its next central forward after the departure of Didier Drogba. The Blues have expressed an interest in Colombian striker Radamel Falcao after his loan club Manchester United decided against making his move from AS Monaco a permanent deal.

Former teammate and current Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois welcomed any move for Radamel Falcao by his current employers.

“I don’t know anything about [a transfer], but of course I know Falcao very well. He’s a very good boy, he’s a good friend of mine, so if he comes, great. It’s the decision of the club but he would be a very good player for Chelsea.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was quick to defend Falcao’s ability following a lackluster season at Manchester United.

“If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it. It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United. He played in Spain and Portugal and I know him very well because I was in Portugal and Spain. In Spain we were together when he was at Atletico and I was at Real and I know him very, very well… he is a great player.”

Radamel Falcao is currently away at the Copa America with the Colombian national team. Falcao disappointed in Colombia’s shock defeat to Venezuela early today.

In other Chelsea news, back-up goalkeeper Petr Cech is almost certain to join London rivals Arsenal. The Czech Republic international is set to seal an £11 million move to the gunners next according to English newspaper The Independent.

Cech is reluctant to move his family away from London which limits his potential destinations, and it’s believed that Chelsea will reluctantly not stand in his way of joining Arsenal should the Gunners meet their valuation of Cech, given his 10 years of loyal service that has produced four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League success in 2011-12 and the Europa League victory the following year.

Will Chelsea make a move for Radamel Falcao? Will Petr Cech sign for Arsenal?

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