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Chelsea Transfer News: Radamel Falcao Would Be a Waste of Blues' Money

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 25:  Radamel Falcao of Club Atletico de Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla FC at Vicente Calderon Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Benjamin KleinContributor IIIDecember 21, 2012

Chelsea is going to have an interesting decision to make once the transfer window opens shortly. They need to decide whether or not to pursue Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.

Semi Mokbel of The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea has a lot of interest in Falcao and is prepared to make him an offer:

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to make Radamel Falcao the club’s top earner by offering the striker a staggering £10 million-a-year contract. The Colombia forward is the club’s No. 1 target and the Russian billionaire is determined to ensure the prolific South American becomes the next global superstar to make his way to Stamford Bridge.

It would certainly be a tempting move, considering forward Daniel Sturridge may take his talents to Liverpool, which would leave Chelsea with a void at forward—a void that Falcao could fill.

The problem with acquiring Falcao is that Chelsea is not his first choice, or that’s at least what his father thinks, according to Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports:

“His dream is to play for Real Madrid,” Radamel Garcaa told the programme ‘El Gran debate de Todelar.’ “Since he was a boy he’s always wanted to play there. Other teams in Europe like Chelsea and Manchester City were interested in him. If he can’t play for Real Madrid, he’ll play for a team in England.”

Falcao may have 17 goals and an assist through 15 games for Atletico Madrid in La Liga, but if he’s just going to play for Chelsea because of the money, isn’t that a red flag? Chelsea should be looking to acquire players who want to play for Chelsea, not players who will play for Chelsea because that’s where the money is or because it’s their last resort.

The money that Chelsea is thinking about giving to Falcao could be better spent on someone like Brazilian striker Hulk, who has also been liked to Stamford Bridge.

Christian Bailey of Caught Offside reports that Chelsea is keeping an eye on Hulk as his time in the Russian Premier League may soon be coming to an end:

The former FC Porto forward, who was previously strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, is not having the best of times since his move to St. Petersburg and is reportedly set to demand an exit from the club after falling out with manager Luciano Spalletti and this has led to an increase in interest in the 26-year-old.

Chelsea should take the money and try to land Hulk—who isn’t happy with his current situation—and forget about Falcao—who doesn’t have Chelsea as the No. 1 suitor on his list. It should end up costing Chelsea less money, and it will end up to be the best move going forward. 

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