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Falcao Being Watched

Falcao Being Watched

Target #1 appears to be being targeted by another club!

Now whilst I have no official confirmation that the Atletico Madrid striker, Falcao, is high on our wanted list or not, there`s no denying that many a Vital Chelsea member wouldn`t say no to him arriving at Stamford Bridge.

However, it appears that Manchester City are also watching the prolific striker with it being reported that Roberto Mancini had the player watched following the latest spat with the excitable Italian Mario Balotelli.

Now whether City`s interest is a passing fad or something they will follow up, remains to be seen but quotes attributed to Falcao appear to show a growing desire to test his talents in the Premier League, with the player reportedly remarking

"England? One day I could go there."

"I used to watch Premier League game son TV as a kid. Players like Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, Zola and Asprilla at Newcastle. I think I could adapt to England and score goals."

So, are we to miss out on this talented guy?

Is our interest real?

Or is it all just paper talk?

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Date:Tuesday October 9 2012
Time: 4:39PM


i love to see him at Chelsea, but is the price right ?
09/10/2012 17:28:00
Surely he attracts interest from top clubs as he is a top striker, so anything is possible, and more then likely, come start of next season he will not be atletico player any more. Where he will go is pure speculation for now.
09/10/2012 17:36:00
a comment form a liverpool fan on the espn site for this story: liverpool_nz. Winning the Champions League was the best thing ever for Chelsea, they can rebuild their squad without FFP conflicting with them because of the winnings they made, their loses for transfers won't be an issue. City won't be able to go on a player binge, Chelsea looking good to dominate the league for the up coming seasons unfortunately, it means tolerating their horrid fan base. Haha, love us or hate us, our line up will be massive and one that sends fears onto opponents defenses!!! The asking price is 60m which is a massive one and not sure we'll pay that kind of money for him even though he is the best finisher right now, but is not guaranteed for success in the EPL! Maybe, if we do Torres, plus 15-20m will be enough for them! But Atletico really need the money so can't see it happening either. One thing is for sure, it will be very tough to get this deal done, IF we even try/do get this done!
09/10/2012 17:42:00
No, no and no to anything above 35-million pound. Yes he scored a hat-trick against us on 'a bad day' but scoring in goals in EPL is totally different from scoring in other leagues. Why can't we buy our own Falcao a little amount and cause him to be admired by others?
munich Glory
09/10/2012 17:46:00
I have a bad feeling about this. It seems like Every time we sign a world class striker,they flop so I think Roman should learn from the Shevchenko & Torres purchases
09/10/2012 18:03:00
for this season we should stick with torres then we should give youngsters like lukaku and danny a chance or get a top young natural scorer like liandro damiao like liverfols did with torres and suarez
pego sama
09/10/2012 18:11:00
Mancini was present in the stands against Malaga. However, it appears he was there to watch the 20 year old Isco who is being courted by Juventus (probably not going to happen) because of the price to land Isco. Man City have also had a 25mm Euro offer for Jovetic rejected. This is the 2nd time fiorentina is rejecting offers for the player. On Falcao though, the general manager had the following to say: "The €60m for Falcao would immediately remove Atletico's economic problems," Gil Marin said. "But Falcao will carry on here, certainly until the end of the season. If Atletico don't get into the Champions League or we can't afford to pay Falcao then I don't think even Real Madrid could cover that." Read more at
09/10/2012 18:49:00
I remember him watching hazard.
09/10/2012 18:52:00
I also don't agree with folks about this theory about scoring goals on the EPL. Almost every single player that has come from the La Liga to the EPL have ended up being the best or most vital players for their teams. Torres for Pool. Alonso for Pool. Yaya Toure, Aguero and David Silva for Man City. Mata for Chelsea and Michu for Swansea. The records and performances, in fact, indicate that the EPL is a cake walk for La Liga players.
09/10/2012 18:54:00
€60mm for Falcao is almost a bargain for the player. Messi, Ronaldo and Falcao sit as the best 3 finishers in footy today. They are also a couple of factors that benefit Chelsea if they do make a bid. Firstly, the currency exchange benefits Chelsea. €60mm is £48mm. Secondly, we have assets that can be offloaded to reduce the impact of a £48mm outlay. If Falcao comes to Chelsea, there is a almost a 50% probability that Sturridge will leave given where his contract status is today. Going by the value of English forwards in the league today, we can estimate we"ll get at worst an £8mm - £10mm compensation from someone. Third (I am not saying we'll sell Torres nor am I advocating it), Chelsea can offload Torres to someone for £15mm - £20mm. Although that means, Chelsea will record the £15mm - £20mm loss on selling Torres. However, that can be made up from the sales of Kakuta and co in the summer and the release of some senior players as well.
09/10/2012 19:06:00
I have a feeling about Torres, well I have always had that feeling but I am sure this time I am right. Anyway Radamel is great. He proved me wrong when he moved from Porto to Atletico and became a success in La Liga, so I learned my lesson and I have absolute respect for the guy. That being said I think we should trust what we got in Torres and trust what we'll have in Lukaku. If he can get that first touch right and some confidence on the ball then he will be some other kind of awesome. We won't sell Torres as he is on high wages and we'd need to pay him off, and I just know that he'll start banging in the goals for another club ala Pizzaro at Bremen...and that'll hurt more than anything coz of the amount we paid for the Torres. On a side note what of perhaps sneaking in for Ballotelli, maybe the influence of another Italian maybe just what he needs, we all saw how he performed under the Italian coach at the Euros, maybe RDM (considering the revival in front of our own eyes of Fernando 4 goals in 7 league games - two in two against clubs that finished above us last term) could do something with the troubled italian, or a turn him into his very own Luca Brasi who knows...RDM is the Godfather, the results say so, the mafioso manner with which he approaches the media and tough situations say so, maybe Mario could be an option for us if Falcao joins Man City.
09/10/2012 19:33:00
Lets face it...Strurridge is gone in January. So that leaves Torres and Lukaku...Chelsea will purchase a CF in January...Falcao would be my 1st choice..
09/10/2012 19:37:00
Falcao is the best striker in the world at the present moment and for another few seasons yet. To have him would just make us complete, but again it's the price.
09/10/2012 20:23:00
Falcao is the best striker in the world at the present moment and for another few seasons yet. To have him would just make us complete, but again it's the price.
09/10/2012 20:23:00
KAKU.Could not agree more.Even such a high price is a bargain for him.He scored a hat-trick against the world's best defence.Messi and Ronaldo(in the big games),are not as good as Falcao.This guy is a match-winner.He can single-handedly win games.Even if he stays for three years,he will do wonders.Get him for any price I don't give a feck.He deserves to be one of the most expensive transfers in football.He is a genius.He will murder the opponents.I wanted him badly when AVB became our manager.And can't believe a few guys are complaining of his price.Its Roman's money and you don't have to pay some additional tax for his transfer.So,just shut up.This guy is a beast.I rate him above Messi and Ronaldo(although those two are different type of players).Get him for any price you can Roman.I predicted that he'll score a hat-trick against us(if you see in the predictions' article of that game) and he did.He is just too good.Don't have more words to describe this player.Roman should do whatever he can to get him.Quickly,get this deal done.I will go mad with joy.This does not mean Torres should leave.:-)
09/10/2012 21:06:00
Iam more fond of the idea of buying Balotelli.But we cannot fool anyone,he would take a huge investment in excess of 30M pounds as well.However,Balotelli is young and that could compensate for his price if RDM somehow manages to tame him.But most importantly,we should get hold of Sturridge.Mark my words,if we let him go we will bitterly regret it but it will be too late.Playing Torres in all matches makes no sense and I really hopes Di Mateo sees this in some part of the season and gives him the place in the starting lineup he has always dreamt of.That way we will keep him in our ranks for sure.Although if I have to be perfectly honest I would consider a Sturridge for Balotelli trade.
09/10/2012 21:14:00
Perhaps one has to correct the impression here that because the torres signing flopped so therefore we should not take the risk of signing falcao cos there is a chance that he too may flop. Torres was a bad business, does one bad business stop an ambitious businessman from doing another big transaction that can maximize his returns when such rare business opportunity arises. When we signed torres in january 2011, he was already going down form wise and have had a terrible year blighted by injuries and had only had one good game all year; against us. But we were blinded by his class, the torres of old(form is temporary and class is permanent). We made that mistake then and we shouldnt continue to blame ourselves for it neither should we allow it to cloud our judgements in making future decisions. We have already assembled a great team and we are just one clinical world class striker(one who can convert half chances) from having a complete lineup that is capable of beating any team in the world. Falcao is in the form of his life, an all round striker. If it means we have to sell all our onloan players and do new sponsorship deals to sign him, so fecking be it. Real madrid broke world records twice to sign 2 players. One flopped but the other is the reason why they are still challenging barca as the world best club. Signing falcao in january might be the difference between us finishing 2nd, 3rd or even outside top 4 and winning the league. I simply no longer have faith in torres becoming even half the player that he once was which is the kind of player that we need if we are serious about being title challengers. I would even play danny ahead of him cos i believe that if we give danny a good run of games, he would do better than torres is doing now. Now thats my opinion and we are all entitled to our opinions.
Chelz Akamz
09/10/2012 21:41:00
Balotelli - please....RDM won't want to change his diapers.
09/10/2012 22:12:00
I haven't given up on Torres yet...I won't pass judgement until January...but Sturridge is gone...if he won't sign an extension to his contract why in the hell would Chelsea keep him...he is gone. So, Chelsea needs another CF and Falcao is it...
09/10/2012 22:20:00
I am glad more and more VC guys are seeing this the way i have seen it for quite some time. Now that Atletico have today confirmed their willingness to listen to offers i would say getting Radamel Falcao should be our priority no 1 for this coming January. It looks like Danny may be the one to move and as i have said again and again getting Falcao is not to replace el nino but to compliment him. City have Tevez, Dzeko, Arguero and Ballotelli, ManU have RVP, Rooney, Welbeck and chicarito..Barca have Messi, Villa, Pedro and sanchez, Real have Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuan and callejon. It is high time we had at least one world class game changing finisher in our ranks. I like the sounds of us lining up El Nino, falcao, Lukaku and if possible also danny. I also agree with the comments of some here that getting a player of falcaos quality can change a clubs fortunes from top 4 to title winner, can change status from a contender to a cup winner..that is why all the other clubs mentioned above spent a fortune getting those 1-2 players in their ranks that are such game changers..we got it wrong with the El Nino signing and we failed to get this guy when he was cheaper and literally begging to come to us while AVB was here with us ...this is the last chance we will get to get him because his next move will be to where he will hit his peak form..Come January it will be a straight out battle between us, city and PSG for this guy..i hope our relative dearth of strikers and our favorable relations with Atleti (Courtois et al) will give us the edge we will need to win this the way we did with the race for Hazard.
09/10/2012 23:12:00
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