Chelsea Transfer News: Latest on Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy Exit Rumours

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Radamel Falcao of Chelsea takes part in a training session after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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Radamel Falcao is reportedly close to a return to parent club Monaco, with Chelsea ready to cancel his loan deal after a miserable six months for the Colombian at Stamford Bridge.

According to French outlet La Provence (via French football writer Robin Bairner), Falcao has been seen at Monaco's training ground, but it has yet to be confirmed that his time at Chelsea is definitely over:

The Blues are keen to cancel his loan deal, but Monaco are reportedly eager to make sure he is fully fit before they take him back for good, per the Telegraph's Matt Law.

The 29-year-old has been out with a thigh injury since late October, a contributing factor—alongside his shocking form and lack of first team action—to his paltry return of one Premier League goal for Chelsea in 2015-16, per WhoScored.com.

It has been a fairly torrid year-and-a-half for Falcao in England since his initial loan move to Manchester United back in September 2014.

He is unrecognisable from the striker who terrorised defences when at Porto and Atletico Madrid, and his decline has been steep, per football writer Nik Postinger:

It is little surprise that Chelsea want rid of him—indeed, it was quite surprising when they took him in the first place—but Monaco will want to be sure of his fitness before they take him back.

The Ligue 1 side signed him from Atleti on a five-year deal for £50 million back in 2013, and he has fallen way short of their expectations.

Chelsea are surely keen to open up space to bring in a new, in-form striker, with reports linking them with Leicester City's Jamie Vardy—although Bleacher Report's Dean Jones is not confident such a move will happen:

Elsewhere, Chelsea may be offloading another striker in January in the shape of Loic Remy.

Much like Falcao, the Frenchman has played second fiddle to Diego Costa for much of the season, and even when the Spaniard has been unavailable, Eden Hazard has often been fielded in the No. 9 spot.

According to Turkish outlet Sabah (via the Telegraph), Remy "could be offered a career lifeline by Galatasaray," with the Super Lig club reportedly keen to take him on loan for the rest of the season.

While he is grossly underused at Chelsea—he has played 146 minutes in the Premier League this season, scoring one goal, per WhoScored—the 29-year-old is unquestionably a talented striker and would surely flourish in Turkey if given a proper opportunity.

However, with Falcao on the verge of departing west London, it seems highly unlikely that Chelsea would let Remy leave as well given how short that would leave them in the strike department.