Chelsea has today announced the signing of Radamel Falcao. This transfer appears to be in response to the recent departures of both Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. Falcao is the second striker to arrive at Stamford Bridge this season with Abel Hernandez signing on earlier in the January transfer window.
Reportedly the transfer has seen Chelsea pay C. Atletico Madrid SAD £10 million initially with over a further £25 million to be paid over the next 24 months. In terms of personal terms Chelsea are supposedly paying the substantial amount of £150k a week to Falcao with a great number of bonuses on offer. It appears Chelsea have been able to pay a great amount in terms of Falcao’s contract as they managed to acquire him for a relatively low fee for the in-demand player. Falcao had not expressed any desire to leave Spain but with both Chelsea and Arsenal having shown interest and assurances of Champions League football this season, and more than likely next season too, he couldn’t resist the chance to move.
Falcao, who does struggle with English, did speak to Chelsea TV through the means of an interpreter. He shared his sheer delight at signing for Chelsea as they are a club that have performed really well so far this season. He is also excited to have the opportunity to play in the Champions League with him hoping to take part in the upcoming knockout tie against FC Bayern Munchen. He has confirmed that there was interest from Arsene Wenger and Arsenal but they did not seem to want to commit to trying to sign him so soon as Chelsea came in for him his mind was made up.
Dennis Wise has commented on the signing by explaining that he has huge admiration for Falcao and cannot wait to see him in a Chelsea shirt. When asked about how he would choose between the inform Robert Lewandowski, Abel Hernandez and the new addition Radamel Falcao he suggested that it is always good to have healthy competition at a club and that is what Chelsea now have.