Radamel Falcao has confirmed he wishes to play in the Premier League one day, a division he feels is reserved for "elite players."
Currently facing a race against time to be fit for the upcoming World Cup, the Colombian striker spoke honestly about his future prospects, as reported by Pete Jenson of the Daily Mail:
I hope to be playing for many more years in Europe and I want to play in the English league at some time. I watch the Premier League and I see how competitive it is and how teams are very direct in terms of looking for the opposition’s goal. The football is very physical; it’s a very interesting league.
Previously linked with a move to Chelsea by the Guardian, Falcao's comments may perk up the ears of Jose Mourinho. The Blues are expected to confirm the £32 million signing of Diego Costa soon, as reported by ESPN, but Falcao's wishes could be something to consider for the future.
The 28-year-old hasn't played since Jan. 19 and will need to prove his fitness before any club will splash the cash on his services.
Despite being limited to just 17 Ligue 1 appearances during his debut season with Monaco, Falcao still managed to rack up nine goals, per WhoScored.com. Only Emmanuel Riviere finished with a higher total of league strikes at the Stade Louis II, scoring one more in 30 appearances.
Falcao and Costa played alongside each other before the former exited Atletico Madrid. It is a partnership that would certainly be well equipped to succeed in the Premier League. Falcao doesn't possess the pace and all-action work-rate of Costa, but his finishing ability is among the best in world football.
It is ambitious to suggest Chelsea would be able to afford both in a single summer—not now UEFA's financial fair play rules are in place—but Falcao's confirmation that he wishes to play in England is sure to gestate plenty of ideas among the Premier League's top clubs.
Chelsea's immediate attention will be on confirming the Costa deal, while hunting down a new left-back. A bid was expected to be launched for Atletico defender Filipe Luis, but the player's agent has confirmed any such attempt will be rebuffed.
Garcia Quilon, Luis' representative, indicated Diego Simeone wishes to maintain the squad that led Atletico to La Liga glory and the Champions League final, as reported by AS (via 101 Great Goals):
The interest is there, but Atletico will not sell. The club are determined to keep hold of much of the squad for next season. We’ll see what is happening with different players, but the intention is not to sell to anyone.
Luis previously stated his desire to stay in an interview with O Globo (via Sky Sports and Fox Sports).
"I have a contract for three more years," Luis said. "My thought is to continue. We have to lift our heads high after the Champions League final defeat and think about the next goal."
Mourinho may turn his attention to Southampton's Luke Shaw or challenge Liverpool for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, according to Andy Hunter of the Guardian. Both young left-backs have established themselves among Europe's most promising talents and have the quality to fill in for the departing Ashley Cole on a long-term basis.
It's an exciting time for Chelsea supporters. Mourinho's trophyless season upon his return wasn't fairytale, but it does suggest major improvements will be made. Costa is the first step along the road to making Chelsea lethal again, while Falcao's comments could see him added somewhere down the line.
Both Mourinho and the London club are used to capturing silverware. Huge investment can be expected across a summer period that will likely have a major effect on Chelsea and Falcao, not to mention their compatibility in the future.