According to Tuttosport (h/t Football Italia), the German champions are willing to spend €10 million in an attempt to secure the 18-year-old, who has been hugely impressive in Serie A this season. The interest of the Blues in Diawara is also noted.
Here’s a look at why there is so much fuss about the teenager, who has been a bundle of energy at the heart of the Rossoblu this term:
If Chelsea do have genuine intentions of bringing the player to Stamford Bridge eventually, then any potential interest from Bayern will be a concern.
After all, while the German giants are regularly challenging for domestic and European honours, the Blues look likely to be without Champions League football in 2015-16 after some awful Premier League form. Chelsea’s record of signing young players and then bringing them through into the first team leaves a lot to be desired as well.
That being said, one player who operates in a similar role to Diawara is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who many have high hopes for at Chelsea. As noted by WhoScored.com, the 19-year-old has impressed in his rare recent appearances in the first team:
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Has been directly involved in 2 goals (1 goal, 1 assist) in his 2 FA Cup appearances for Chelsea this season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 31, 2016
For Chelsea fans, it’d be a shame for a player like Diawara, who is undeniably talented, to block the progress of a footballer who has been nurtured through their own academy. It’s a brilliantly functioning facet of the squad that the champions need to tap into more often and definitely something that would give the supporters a lift.
So, while Diawara does have all the attributes to go to the very top of the game, if Bayern were to beat the Blues to this exciting young talent, then it shouldn’t leave Chelsea too downhearted. In Loftus-Cheek and a host of other academy talents, the club could well have a very bright future in store.
Radamel Falcao Linked with Atletico Madrid Return
Radamel Falcao is reportedly close to cutting short his one-year loan spell with the Blues and returning to Atletico Madrid.
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph reported the Colombian striker has been in Madrid on Monday with his agent Jorge Mendes in an attempt to push through a deal. Falcao is currently at Stamford Bridge on loan from Monaco, who signed the 29-year-old from Atletico in the summer of 2013.
Falcao may have toiled since leaving the Vicente Calderon, but he left the supporters with plenty of happy memories in the Spanish capital. Here are some of his best goals with the Rojiblancos:
Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has cast doubts over whether or not Falcao will be moving to La Liga, though:
I have been told by Valencia and Atletico that Falcao is not joining them. Chelsea/Mendes will look elsewhere— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) February 1, 2016
Will Falcao ever get back to his best?
Plenty has happened since the forward was rated as the top No. 9 in the world at Atletico. An injury in his debut term with Monaco saw Falcao sidelined for a significant spell before poor form during a loan move to Manchester United seemed to suggest the former Porto man was on the decline; his stint at Chelsea has done little to dispel that notion.
What is clear is that Falcao needs some regular game time if he is to recapture the razor-sharp predatory instincts he once possessed in front of goal. At Chelsea, with Diego Costa and now Alexandre Pato vying for a spot at the sharp end of the pitch, it’s clear opportunities are not going to come around too often.