English Champions, Chelsea have signed Radamel Falcao on a season long -loan, with an option to make the deal permanent from Monaco.
Falcao spent a season-long loan with Manchester United last season scoring just four goals in 29 appearances for the club.
“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea” Falcao said via Chelsea.com. “I can’t wait to start training, to help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe.’
The 29-year old had been very prolific since his move from River Plate to Europe scored 62 goals in 72 games for FC Porto between 2009 and 2011. The Colombian striker joined Atletico Madrid in 2011 where he continued his impressive goal scoring form, scoring 68 goals in 86 games for the Spanish outfit.
After just after two seasons in Madrid, Monaco paid a whooping £50 million for the services of the striker in 2013 and in 20 games he had found the net 11 times.
In January 2014, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear, news that broke Colombian hearts as their top man would miss the World Cup in the summer.
Manchester United signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2014 in a deal that was announced as the most expensive loan deal ever. Falcao struggled to settle in the Manchester United team all season. The 20 times English Champions had an option of signing Falcao but declined the offer, allowing the player to go back to his parent club, Monaco.
Chelsea’s new recruit will join Diego Coata, Thibaut Courtois and Felipe Luis all of whom he played with at Atletico Madrid.
Monaco on the other hand have signed Chelsea’s 20-year-old Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic on loan.
Main Photo: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Radamel Falcao of Man Utd celebrates after scoring their 2nd goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on October 5, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images)