Tuesday, November 21

CHELSE are attempting to negotiate a deal to sign Radamel Falcao, with Jose Mourinho convinced he can return the Colombia international to the prolific goalscoring form that preceded his ill-fated move to Manchester United.

Goal understands Mourinho is driving the deal for Falcao, who is available this summer after Louis van Gaal decided not to exercise a €55 million [£40.3m] option to convert the striker’s season-long loan at Old Trafford into a permanent transfer.

Falcao is keen to remain in the Premier League and work with Mourinho, having been convinced that the Chelsea manager will deploy him in a manner that Van Gaal refused to during a season in which he was regularly substituted, sidelined and even suffered the indignity of being instructed to play for United’s under-21 side by e-mail.

Monaco – who recruited Falcao from Atletico Madrid two summers ago for a fee of €60m [£44m] – do not have the budget to accommodate the 29-year-old’s wages under current Financial Fair Play regulations and are open to either a full transfer or a loan to Chelsea.

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