After beating Chelsea to the signing of striker Falcao, newly rich Monaco are reportedly looking to continue their massive spending ways by trying to lure Branislav Ivanovic away from Stamford Bridge. Monaco have already spent huge sums signing Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, and they believe they can convince Chelsea to sell Ivanovic for a fee approaching £25 million pounds. Ivanovic, playing as a centre half under Rafa Benitez has seen his stock rise this year, and both he and David Luiz are now seen as first choice ahead of John Terry. However, a certain someone might have something to say about any proposed transfer. Jose Mourinho is a known fan of Ivanovic, and it is very unlikely that he would be willing to sell a player he so admires. While £25 million pounds is very difficult to turn down, especially for a 29 year old defender, Chelsea don’t need the money. Quite aside from the financial side, where would we find a replacement?
It seems incredible, but it really appears that Radamel Falcao will snub Chelsea in favour of a team that has just been promoted to the top tier of French football. AS Monaco have been successful in the past, winning seven league titles and five French cups, but have had all sorts or problems and were relegated in 2011. They have a new owner in the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and are throwing his money around lavishly.
There are two different stories doing the rounds about the future look of the Chelsea strike force and both cannot be true. It seems to boil down to whether Fernando Torres is still at the club next season. If he is, then it seems as if Radamel Falcao will not be coming to Stamford Bridge, because the Colombian striker does not want to share his duties with Torres.
This season, Chelsea have primarily used the single striker, supported by the creative attacking skills of Juan Mata, Oscar, Hazard and others, so it would be Falcao or Torres or Demba Ba. This might not be the case with the new manager, however, so whoever it is (Jose Mourinho) needs to talk to Falcao.
Chelsea to Revamp Forward Line This Summer
Chelsea have had a strange relationship with their strikers in the last few seasons. Last season Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka were dropped in favour of struggling Fernando Torres who is the only striker of the three still left at the club. Halfway through the season Nicolas Anelka was released and moved to China where he did not stay for long. Through the rest of the season Daniel Sturridge took Anelka’s place and Fernando Torres remained the front man until the knockout stages of the Champions League when he was dropped in favour of the big Ivorian Drogba.
The ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien had suffered from multiple injury problems up to last season, which led the club to allow him to move to Real Madrid on loan last summer to let Jose Mourinho to manage his rehabilitation. It seems to have worked and the versatile Essien has been given regular game-time at the Spanish giants.
The 30 year-old is set to return to Stamford Bridge next summer, and has fully enjoyed his reunion with Mourinho in Madrid. He said: “It’s been good, I can’t complain. I’m happy and have enjoyed the football.
The long- maligned Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has come in for a lot of stick in his few years at the club but now he feels that he has finally regained his old form (although a lot of us may disagree with that!) and he is ready to help Chelsea to win further trophies in the coming seasons.
Chelsea have already acquired competition for Torres with the arrival of Demba Ba, and it now seems likely that the prolific Radamel Falcao is also going to join the Blues strike force next season. Torres is not worried about that and in fact is looking forward to the competition for places.
There have been stories in the English and Spanish media lately suggesting that Chelsea had won the battle to sign the Colombian international Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid, but the striker has denied that any agreement is in place. This does not mean that he won’t be coming to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but it seems that there is still work to be done by the Blues to secure the services of one of the most coveted players in world football.
“I have received no concrete offers to leave Atletico Madrid,” revealed Falcao. “I have three years of contract with Atletico.”
If Rafa Benitez was brought in to replace Roberto Di Matteo as manager of Chelsea because Roman Abramovich thought he would inspire Fernando Torres to find his old form, it failed. Benitez will not be at Stamford Bridge next season and neither, hopefully, will Torres. The club must accept that there is no chance of getting back much of the £50 million they paid to Liverpool for the Spaniard, but he may help the club in his own way.
It is the news that Chelsea fans have been waiting for and, in my opinion, it is long overdue. Fernando Torres will be released by the club for as little as £15 million in the summer, apparently. Roman Abramovich has stubbornly stuck to his guns where the Spanish striker is concerned, but it seems as if the Russian owner has finally seen sense.
The report in the Express claims that the two clubs most likely to sign him are the Russians Anzhi Makhachkala and his former team Atletico Madrid. Torres would prefer a move back to Spain, while Chelsea would prefer it also if it helped us to get the Colombian striker Radamel Falcao in part exchange.
It is fair to say that Chelsea have been missing Didier Drogba this season. Fernando Torres has been better for the Blues this year, scoring 15 goals in all competitions so far, and Demba Ba has added some physical presence up front since signing from Newcastle in January, but has only scored once in his six league games so far. There is a player on Chelsea’s books who has the strength and pace to replace Drogba, and he has scored 12 league goals this season. The problem is that 19-year old Romelu Lukaku has been scoring them for West Brom.