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The Chelsea attacking midfielder – Juan Cuadrado, has confirmed that his compatriot Radamel Falcao, has signed for Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.
The pair are currently together on international duty with Colombia, at the Copa America tournament in Chile.
Falcao, aged 29, spent an unsuccessful loan stay at Manchester United last season, where he only managed four goals, in a fruitless campaign at Old Trafford.
His wages are likely to be halved at Stamford Bridge, from his £300,000-a week deal he was on at Louis Van Gaal‘s side.
Parent club AS Monaco are set to be hit with a Financial Fair Play fine, and are keen to off-load the former Atletico Madrid forward.
Cuadrado used a recent press-conference to reveal that the Manchester United flop will join him at Stamford Bridge next term.
“It’s important to have a team-mate like him at the club but now I’m concentrating on the Copa America and will talk about it later,” the former Fiorentina player stated.
Unlike his season at Manchester United, who were being overhauled by then new manager Louis Van Gaal, Falcao’s pending move to West-London will be a sterner challenge for the misfit.
At Chelsea, he is likely to be the club’s second striker, following the departure of veteran Didier Drogba, and should Diego Costa suffer any other injuries next term, he will have to step up to the plate.
The Premier League title-holders will be looking for Costa to rediscover his form that he showed at Atletico, and Porto.
Falcao’s arrival could potentially see the end of French forward Loic Remy’s Chelsea career, who will be deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge – and is set to move onto either one of West Ham United and Crystal Palace, both of whom are interested in his services.
By Ben Reardon