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Everybody loves a long, drawn out, will-they-won't-they transfer saga. The Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid story brewed for the best part of three years before the deal was done—the rumours around a potential Chelsea move for Radamel Falcao have been circling for only half that time.
The Columbian striker is prolific in front of goal and it was his first-half hat trick in the UEFA Super Cup that prevented Chelsea from consolidating their position as European Champions. If they fail to qualify for next season's competition, they will undoubtedly fail to sign Falcao.
There is another factor in this deal, and that is whether the Blues can offload Fernando Torres, either as a makeweight with Atletico Madrid or as a separate deal with a club who have no idea about his dramatic decline.
Torres has scored just twice in 2013—although both of those goals have been crucial, keeping Chelsea in both the FA Cup and the Europa League, he is a broken man and the cure for what ails him is not in West London.
It has been suggested that a move which would see Torres return to the club that made him its captain when he was just 19 years old would be favourable to both parties, although his wages would present a stumbling block.
The only reason Atletico Madrid are entertaining the prospect of losing a striker of Falcao's talent is because they are in a sticky financial situation, and Torres would have to agree to a renegotiated wage deal for there to be a chance of this whole deal actually happening.