Reports that Chelsea are interested in bringing Monaco’s Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge next season may have more wide-ranging implications.
It’s 2/1 that ‘El Tigre’ signs up for the west London club before the end of the next transfer window and the Daily Star suggest that a deal is imminent, with a source at the club explaining:
“Talks have been going well and Jose is still a big fan of Falcao, despite the difficult time he had at United.
“It looks like the deal is going to happen.”
Yet, for those struggling to comprehend Mourinho not being put off by the Colombian’s underwhelming Old Trafford spell, there may be an alternative explanation.
Rather than having been inspired to believe that Falcao will make good on a belated full recovery from his serious knee injury by Glenn Murray’s exploits for Crystal Palace last term, the player’s representative may be the decisive factor.
The ’29-year-old’ hitman’s affairs are looked after by super agent Jorge Mendes, a man whose deal-brokering power few in the world of football can match.
His client David de Gea’s mooted move between Manchester United and Real Madrid offers a current illustration of his sway, with the Manchester Evening News suggesting:
“Radamel Falcao’s return to Monaco is said to have had ramifications on De Gea’s future, since the Colombian is also represented by Mendes.”
It’s far from implausible, given the latter’s clout, that United’s decision not to renew the Colombian’s loan at Old Trafford may have had a negative impact on their hopes of retaining another of the footballers in his stable.
Therefore, Chelsea’s reported interest in bringing Falcao to west London could be about far more than simply sourcing reinforcements for Diego Costa.
Rather it may be about the strengthening of strategic bonds with an agent who could make the difference in their ability to sign some of the world’s top players further down the line.