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Report: Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid battling to sign Radamel Falcao on loan

Aug 28, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

Radamel Falcao AP

His name continues to be linked with top clubs across Europe as the clocks keep counting down to the window slamming shut on Monday night.

AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is apparently being shopped around, according to this report from ESPN, as the French side aim to get the Colombian’s lumpy salary off their wage bill as they restructure their squad.

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Falcao, 28, has recovered fully from an ACL injury which cut his first season in Ligue 1 short last year and also dashed he hopes of representing Los Cafeteros at the World Cup. The former Atletico Madrid striker joined Monaco last summer for a fee of $80 million and it’s believed he’s being offered around on a season-long loan deal.

The fee to ‘borrow’ Falcao for a season is reportedly $30 million, which seems rather high for a striker just coming off the back of a career threatening injury. However, his goalscoring record is pretty phenomenal.

Over the last five-and-half seasons of action Falcao has banged in 155 goals in 200 games for FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. If there are some teams out there in need of a predator, Falcao is your man. Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Juventus are the four teams mentioned in the report. So who needs him most?

Chelsea are facing an uncertain strikers situation as Diego Costa could be out for up to six weeks after a training ground injury with only a moody Fernando Torres and veteran Didier Drogba in reserve. Arsenal are without Olivier Giroud until January and have just Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo left as recognized strikers and Real Madrid, well, they can just buy anyone they want, can’t they?

Let’s see how the race for Radamel plays out between now and next Monday.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

  1. peddealer - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Damn it come on Arsene, Mario isn’t enough at CF

  2. jolink653 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I really can’t see why Real Madrid would want him at this point. How much offense do they need? Defense is their problem, and blowing a lot of money to bring in Falcao won’t help on defense at all

  3. mrcsalazar - Aug 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    @jolink653 you gotta remember that last year the defense took some time last season to get firing on all cylinders, the last 2 months it became by far the best defense in europe. now addressing the forwards you cant have ronaldo as a main ST thats not his game he has said it before and that whole isco as a false 9 wont work either you need falcao and a loan would be good for both monaco and rm. its a long season someone is bound to get hurt you need to be covered.

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