Chelsea Transfer News: Falcao's Lack of Interest in Blues Is Bad News for Club

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2013

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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Radamel Falcao's lack of interest in leaving Atletico Madrid is bad news for Chelsea, a club that could benefit immensely by potentially bringing on a striking talent of his caliber.

According to's Stefan Coerts, Falcao has been linked with Chelsea recently, but he's not thinking about a transfer at this time. This was Falcao on the subject (according to via Coerts):

I'm really at home with Atletico and I'm still under contract here. I'm sure that I'll taste life in another league at some point in my career, but right now I'm only thinking about my club, in growing as a player and doing my bit to help us keep winning trophies.

At age 26, the Colombian star is two years younger than Blues forward Fernando Torres and arguably more explosive. Falcao already has 18 goals and one assist in 18 Spanish La Liga appearances for Atletico in 2012-13.

There may be a back up plan for Rafael Benitez and Chelsea, but none quite as solid now that Falcao looks to be a long shot. The fact is the club is going to miss out on acquiring a versatile offensive weapon who could give it more of an attacking prowess in front of the net.

Even if they sign another big-league forward before the transfer window closes to team up with Torres and recent acquisition Demba Ba, the signing won't provide a boost at all comparable to the one Falcao could bring. 

Torres will turn 29 in March, and sooner than later Chelsea will be asking too much of their top striker. If they could have brought on Falcao, they would have a go-to-guy to play at the top of their lineup, giving them options with Ba and Torres still on board. 

Torres has struggled significantly as of late for the Blues, and although Chelsea is still within striking distance of Manchester United and Manchester City in the Premier League table, it has been shutout in three of its past seven matches.

Benitez's squad needs a boost this winter, and for a short period of time Falcao looked to be the man to provide it. With the star striker focusing on his current season with Atletico however, Chelsea could be in trouble as it prepares for the season's final stretch. 

Falcao may not have lifted Chelsea to a Premier League championship this season, but he's the type of talent capable of making the Blues a force in England for years to come.

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