Date: 3rd July 2015 at 1:00pm
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A club having gained a reputation for extravagant spending without necessarily investing in the right places, Chelsea turned a corner last year by securing three top names in Fabregas, Costa and Filipe Luis before pre-season began whilst making a net profit overall.

With Matic being a roaring success as an addition of the previous January, people were beginning to accept that the combination of Jose Mourinho and Maria Granovskaia was a force to be reckoned with in the transfer market.

Having seen these successful windows, it was understandable that the fans felt a little let down by the lack of activity despite pre-season being around the corner. Then there was the fact that the only genuine links seemed to be with Radamel Falcao, a player whose injuries and resulting lack of confidence appear to have taken their toll. The reported fees involved were £7million for a 1 year loan, coupled with taking on his huge salaries. It was more than understandable that the fans were baulking at the overall package, especially considering the possibility that Loic Remy may not take too kindly and we may end up having to actually rely on Falcao to produce once the dodgy hamstring of Costa resurfaced.

But we`ve turned a corner and we don`t get mugged in the market anymore. So Maria and Jose, in classic Maria and Jose fashion, turned what seemed like a fairly disappointing deal into potentially one of the best to take place in this transfer window. Falcao was asked to take a substantial pay cut which he duly agreed to and is being reported as anywhere between £130,000 and £180,000 per week as opposed to the £300,000 he was previously making. Away went the loan fee too, as instead of paying the substantial sum of £7million, Chelsea gave Monaco Mario Pasalic instead. A player who is in the Luka Modric mould, having had an excellent season in Spain and ready to take the next step by becoming a main stay in a Champions League side. Chelsea get Falcao for free and get to develop one of their most promising prospects in the process whilst Monaco have someone to pair with Joao Moutinho without having to spend large sums they can no longer afford.

Still not quite a win win you say? Let us put the numbers in perspective shall we. Even if Falcao earns £180,000 a week with us (which isn`t likely), that amounts to around £7million for the year all costs inclusive. If you consider that Robert Kenedy`s transfer fee alone is £6.3million and the going rate for a Charlie Austin is £16million and Benteke is even higher at £32million, without including salaries, it`s a fairly inexpensive deal. We also no longer have the £80,000 a week Drogba was costing on our books so it`s more than manageable.

The other aspect to it is that Jose Mourinho has battened down the hatches and said that under no circumstances is Loic Remy for sale. Given the striker`s solid but unspectacular contributions last year, coupled with his contrast in styles to the other striking options, everyone will be glad for him to stay. With him and Costa, we were well covered in the striking department last year and Drogba only needed to make minimal contributions when called upon. There won`t be any question therefore of us putting any eggs in the Falcao Basket as, if our first and second choice strikers stay fit, he may not be called upon at all.

So with no fee involved and Costa and Remy ahead of him in the pecking order, as well as the strong possibility of Bertrand Traore staying, Falcao is practically a no-risk signing. However, there is the possibility of a massive reward.

Falcao`s game has always been about his extraordinary finishing ability, his ability to shoot from range, his close control, his intelligent movements and his sudden bursts. One could argue that he`s missing almost all his attributed, other than his movement, with his knee injury taking away his bursts and a lack of confidence accounting for the rest.

At Chelsea, he won`t have the burdens of a transfer fee or the expectations of scoring as a first choice and instead he`ll be battling in training just to make it in the 18. The resulting lack of pressure and drive to force his way into first team plans could go some way towards resurrecting his confidence, especially if Mourinho truly believes in the fact that the Falcao of old is still not lost.

Coupled with that is the fact that, so long as his movement and ability to get into good scoring positions hasn`t deserted him (which the evidence even at United suggests it hasn`t), he`ll have to work a lot less harder at Chelsea to find opportunities to score. Unlike with Colombia or United who both set new lows for chance creation, he`ll be put through or found in space regularly and if he packs a few away, it could do wonders for him. Colombia only scored 1 goal in 4 Copa America games and United`s top scorer in all competitions last season was Rooney at 14 goals. Let that sink in for a minute.

As far as the knee injury is concerned, that old burst may not return but it`s a well-documented fact that such injuries get better and easier to deal with as time passes and it has been 2 years since the injury took hold. So we should have a fitter Falcao on our hands than either of Monaco or United did in the previous two seasons.

Lastly, and one should never forget, sometimes more than injuries and even confidence, Players struggle because of their failure to immediately adapt to new surroundings, both in terms of leagues and team mates. Di Maria had a fairly average season at United too and Ballotelli was a total washout at Anfield despite having respectable numbers with Milan. Juan Cuadrado too played like he`d just recovered from a mix of a hamstring and serious knee injury, although we know he`s never had either. Falcao has now spent a year in the league and has played some of its finest, so he should be better prepared this year than the last.

If Falcao performs well and Pasalic develops well, it`s a big win. If Falcao doesn`t perform well but Pasalic develops well, it`s still a win. If Falcao doesn`t perform and Pasalic is starved for games, it`s a disappointment but more so because of Pasalic than Falcao. This deal looks a winner!

 
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