Sunday, September 30, 2012

Abramovich Wants Falcao for Chelsea

Following last month’s Super league Cup Final meeting in Monaco between the team that won the Champions League and the team that won the Europa League, everyone had expected Chelsea to pull off a win, except for one man; Colombian striker Radamel Falcao who was already on fire following his hat-trick against La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao a week earlier.

His name had already come up in the press when the question was asked who would score more goals this season in La Liga, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Falcao replied to his earlier statement where he claimed he could score as many as the pair that finished one and two in the goal scorer standings last season by saying: "I did not say I wanted to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, I simply want to score goals to help my team, nothing more. At the end we'll see where I am.

"The most important thing is that the team fulfills their objectives. We are competing with 19 other teams, not only against Madrid and Barca."

Atletico went on to beat Chelsea by a score of 4-1 thanks to yet another hat-trick by the 26-year-old.

I had joked about the game on twitter, and it now turns out I might have been right when I tweeted that Chelsea’s Billionaire owner Roman Abramovich went into Atletico Madrid’s dressing room at half-time with a sack full of money and a blue football jersey that he threw to Falcao saying: “Put this on and when you come out you are playing for us now.”

The ironic thing is that Falcao could very well have been playing for the Blues as former manager Andres Villas-Boas wanted to sign the striker from Porto but was told the asking price of 40€ was too high probably due to Abramovich sanctioning the signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool for £50 million.

Well it now seems as if the Russian Oligarch knows he made a mistake and has given the green light for a formal bid to be made during the January transfer window where it is believed they are ready to offer £45 million for the Colombian’s services.

Atletico could be keen to hang on to their star striker now that they are in second place in the Spanish league ahead of City rivals Real Madrid and only two positions away from Barcelona.

In today’s game money talks and with Torres not being the replacement for Didier Drogba that owner Abramovich thought he would be sources inside Chelsea say he has run out of patience with the Spaniard and is willing to gamble on Falcao.

'The groundwork is already being done for Falcao,' said the source. 'The owner wants everything in place now so a deal can be done before any other club can make a counter-offer.'

This article was written by Mark Finlay, freelance writer for popular online football blogs La Liga News and FC Barcelona News.

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