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After netting 36 goals in 44 starts for the La Liga outfit last season, Radamel Falcao put an inordinate amount of pressure upon his own shoulders in matching the same standards for Atletico Madrid this time around.
However, with 22 goals in 22 games for the capital club, it seems the Colombian forward is only improving upon his own standards, courting the attention of Europe’s finest.
One such club known to be interested in signing Falcao for some time now has been Chelsea, who are said to be taking a different tact in their hunt for the hitman (via El Economista, h/t Metro).
It now seems that the Blues will offer the services of Thibaut Courtois, the prodigious goalkeeper who’s spent the last 18 months of his development on loan with Atleti, as part of a swap deal.
This of course comes in conjunction with a hefty cash payment of a reported £47 million, which the recipients would then be expected to use in search of a striking replacement.
With Petr Cech still having a few years presumably left in the tank, it’s easy to see why Courtois may be used as surplus to their current roster, and it remains to be seen whether Atletico Madrid are that keen to hang onto the young Belgium international.