The Sunday papers are ram-packed with their usual meaty portion of transfer gossip, with the most interesting telling of Chelsea making a move for Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao.
After a desperately underwhelming 2014/15 season on loan at Old Trafford, the Colombian sharpshooter was sent back to parent club Monaco with the Red Devils unwilling to shell out the reported £44m to make his temporary stay permanent.
Despite only notching four goals in the Premier League, this lofty asking price has apparently failed to deter Jose Mourinho, who shares agent Jorge Mendes with the former Atletico Madrid and Porto goal machine.
The sizeable outlay that is certain to spark en masse eyebrow raising may well prove another transfer masterstroke by the Blues boss, as Chelsea’s style is one far more likely to enable Falcao to rediscover his lethal best form.
A first difference between his former employers and prospective future paymasters, Man Utd lacked an elite playmaker to furnish him with the bullets, whereas the Premier League champions – who are 13/10 to retain their crown next time around – have plenty.
Cesc Fabregas, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian are all supremely skilled lock pickers and their stationing behind the Colombian will ensure chances to score are in abundance.
Secondly, Falcao was always an ancillary option to Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at United.
True, it would take a special effort for Falcao to displace Diego Costa as the first-choice striker, but the Spaniard’s dodgy hamstrings will ensure his supporting cast will be handed ample opportunities to start.
Perhaps the decisive factor as to why the Monaco man will be a massive hit at Stamford Bridge is the contrast in styles between Chelsea and United.
Louis van Gaal’s side were at their best when playing a direct game last term, with Marouane Fellaini’s physical presence enabling them to sustain a specific brand of attacking football that involved high pressing and getting bodies in the final third.
Such a style is not conducive to a poacher of Falcao’s ilk prospering.
He flourishes as the focal point of the attack, when provided the ball in positions where he’ll have the time and space to get a shot off.
Chelsea’s pragmatic approach that is heavily counter-attack based and not dissimilar to the system adopted at Atletico, where Falcao scored 52 La Liga goals across two seasons.
The pace they have on the flanks will ensure he’s fed the ball to feet and quickly before the space is squeezed out of the threatening positions he adopts.