Radamel Falcao is still refusing to give up on his Chelsea career after returning to full training.
The Colombian striker’s season-long loan at Stamford Bridge has been a disaster till now but he is dreaming, if Antonio Conte takes charge next season then he could give him a lifeline in English football.
30-year-old Falcao knows Conte – who is believed to be named as Chelsea’s new boss, once tried to sign him when he was in charge of Juventus and now Falcao’s representatives are trying to hear from Conte before making a final decision on his future as the forward is keen to have a proper crack at the Premier League.
Italy boss Conte, whose contract ends after Euro 2016, is already preparing a shortlist of potential targets and he could be named within days.
Falcao is right now on loan from Monaco but it has been a complete disaster at Chelsea and has been out with a thigh injury for the last three months.
He only made nine Premier League appearances for the Blues and has completed 90 minutes on just one occasion, a 3-1 defeat to Southampton. He has not played since 31th October but recently resumed full training.
Despite a strong interest from China, Falcao’s priority is to play in the top flight of English football.
With Chelsea having been so poor this term and Antonio Conte likely to prefer a 3-5-2 formation, a major overhaul seems to be on the cards, but recent reports claim that a face-to-face meeting with Falcao is possible, and the player could be told he has a future at Stamford Bridge.
Another loan deal might become an option, while there is a clause already allowing Chelsea to sign the Latin American striker permanently for 38.8 million pounds.
Many believe, Falcao has already lost his credibility as a consistent goal scorer, and is definitely struggling to cope up with English football right now. His current contract with Monaco ends in 2018, which makes it quite difficult to think he will be interested to leave European football until his contract expires, but there is a possibility he might go for a drop in wages.
Last month there was a report from The Telegraph which claimed that the Colombian failed in a desperate deadline-day transfer to end his Chelsea nightmare during the winter window, despite flying to Madrid to discuss about a re-signing for his former club Atletico Madrid.