EPL Rumors: Radamel Falcao To Don ‘Cursed’ No 9 Shirt At Chelsea
Since the departure of superstar striker Didier Drogba, Chelsea is in a hunt for class strikers and roving forwards. And the defending champions of the English Premier League feels they have a suitable option in Colombian Radamel Falcao.
Falcao, who’s running a lean patch in his career since he arrived at Manchester United on loan from French giant Monaco, earlier said he is unhappy at Old Trafford. Chelsea’s star hit-man Fernando Torres is recuperating from a prolonged injury.
United decided not to convert the Colombian’s move to a permanent one. Now, Chelsea has almost confirmed to sign Falcao on loan from Monaco. Falcao is expected to don the No 9 shirt for the Blues, as announced by the club. The man in off-form has been given a shirt number that some Chelsea fans think has become “cursed” in the Premier League era as Fernando Torres couldn’t live up to expectations wearing it. Falcao was No 9 while playing for the Red Devils, too.
Former teammate and current Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois feels Falcao will be most welcomed at Stamford Bridge and can turn out to be a great success for the Blues.
“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 has also expressed special interest in Falcao defending his striking prowess after a lackluster season at 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.”
Chelsea is also keen on Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín.