Radamel Falcao’s miserable stint at Chelsea could come to an end in the New Year, if Andre Villas-Boas can lure him to Zenit St Petersburg.
Falcao arrived in English football last summer when Manchester United struck a deal to take him on loan from Monaco, but he endured a hugely disappointing season under Louis van Gaal who rejected the chance to sign him permanently. So it was somewhat surprising when, ahead of the current season, Chelsea agreed to give him a second shot in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho was confident he could return the 29-year-old to his former level, when he was regarded as one of the most prolific strikers in world football. However, just as he struggled at Old Trafford, the Colombian looks a million miles away from his best; to date he has scored just once in the league and has been ignored for the UEFA Champions League.
Chelsea’s dismal form probably hasn’t helped matters, but the fact remains at a time when they need some inspiration Falcao has started just once for the champions. According to The Telegraph, the former Atletico Madrid man could end his miserable stay in London when the transfer window reopens, if Villas-Boas can find a way to lure him to Zenit St Petersburg.
The former Chelsea boss worked with Falcao when they were together at Porto, and wanted him at Stamford Bridge during his ill-fated spell in the capital. He also tried to sign him this summer but couldn’t meet the financial demands of Monaco. This may well be the case again in January, but it is understood Villas-Boas will do his best to force a reunion in Russia.