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Football transfer rumours: Radamel Falcao to join Chelsea for £45m?

26th September 2012

Today’s tall tales is treading water with a chicken leg in one hand and a choc ice in another

Spare a thought for Fernando Torres this morning, who will have awoken in decent spirits having scored his fourth goal of the season in Chelsea’s 6-0 rout of Wolves only to hear that the club are preparing a £45m bid for Radamel Falcao. Just when Torres thought he was firmly established as Chelsea’s principal striker, well, he is not.

Not that there is any shame in the possibility of having to play second fiddle to Falcao. This, after all, is one heck of a striker, as Chelsea know only too well having seen the 26-year-old’s talents up close during last month’s Super Cup final, when Falcao scored a hat-trick in Atlético Madrid’s 4-1 victory over the European Champions. Roman Abramovich probably started writing the cheque then.

Falcao scored 36 goals in 49 appearances for Atlético last season having joined from Porto for £32m in August 2011 and, apparently, Chelsea want the Colombian to move to London during the January transfer window, giving Torres a little over three months to prove he is more than a heavily-tattooed bench warmer.

Sticking with Chelsea and there are a fair few how-will-England-cope-without-John-Terry? stories doing the rounds. There are claims that Roy Hodgson will not select Rio Ferdinand, despite the Manchester United defender making himself available for selection, and also speculation that Ashley Cole would welcome Ferdinand back into the national squad despite all that choc ice nonsense from a few months back.

Another saga continuing to garner coverage is the future of Steve Kean at Blackburn. Now this really is a strange one – when Blackburn were hurtling towards relegation from the Premier League last season, his job was safe, but now that they are third in the Championship, Kean is close to being sacked at Ewood Park, so close, in fact, that the club’s chicken-loving owners, Venky’s, are apparently only going to keep him on for three more games as they finalise a replacement manager.

Elsewhere, Wolves want Tottenham’s head of youth development, Alex Inglethorpe, to replace Terry Connor as first-team coach, while former Bolton manager Sammy Lee is being lined up to take over at League One Bury.

Also, Simon Grayon wants to turn James Vaughan’s loan deal at Huddersfield into a long-term transfer. The 24-year-old has impressed since arriving from Norwich last month, scoring twice in five appearances, most recently in Huddersfield’s 3-1 win at Blackpool.


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