Why Chelsea Should Steer Clear of Monaco's Radamel Falcao in January

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 12, 2013

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According to ESPN.com, Jose Mourinho will fly to Belgium to watch Radamel Falcao in action during the international break.

The Chelsea boss is already hard at work planning signings for the January transfer window, and it is believed the former Atletico Madrid hitman is still his preferred striking target.

With Romelu Lukaku loaned out for the season, answers in the striking position have been hard to come by for the Blues so far; Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba all blow hot and cold.

The media believe Mou is looking to Falcao to solve these issues, but a number of complications—both with the story and the potential deal—should scare Chelsea away and make readers skeptical of any deal taking place.

First, a financial line has to be drawn somewhere. Chelsea are incredibly rich, yes, but the money it would take to pry Falcao away from France would be out of this world.

According to the ESPN.com report, the mooted fee would be £60 million—a reasonable guess given he moved to Monaco this summer for about £50 million. There's also his wages, circa €14 million per annum, to match or better, and those come tax-free in the French province.

Then there's the fact that Mou is travelling across the channel...to watch a player he's seen up close and personal on more than 20 occasions, in all likelihood. Why is that necessary?

The report suggests the boss is concerned Ligue 1 doesn't test Falcao physically and that the opportunity to watch him against a towering, strong Belgium side is too good to miss.

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 17:  Saul Niguez (L) and Radamel Falcao of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrate with the trophy after beating Real Madrid CF 2-1 in the Copa del Rey Final between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on

But this is the exact same player who beat Mourinho's Real Madrid in the 2013 Copa del Rey final and the same player who scored 28 goals in La Liga last year.

His game hasn't changed a jot. He's still the pure poacher he always was, limited in buildup play but deadly in and around the area once served with chances.

You don't score 41 goals in one season (all competitions) if you're not excellent, but he's not the typical Mourinho striker, and he's not—on paper—a great fit for the Premier League for this sort of money.

This summer, Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail broke details of Chelsea's new scouting app. The system grades players, and a player is considered Blues material only if he scores 90 percent or more in every area.

The app ruled out Falcao, as he didn't score 90 percent or more in every requisite category. To U-turn now would be a questionable decision, as the player has done nothing to improve the weaker areas of his game.

Mourinho has always favoured a strong, physical striker who can carry his side. At Internazionale, he moved Eto'o wide and pushed all-rounder Diego Milito to the fore. At Real Madrid, he favoured the physical, playmaking Karim Benzema over poacher Gonzalo Higuain. During his first spell at Chelsea, Didier Drogba thrived and Andriy Shevchenko flopped.

As eye-popping as Falcao's statistics are, he's not the right man to take a Mourinho side forward. Given the poor fit and the ridiculous money involved, Chelsea would be better off steering clear of the Colombian this winter.