Diego Pablo Simeone was interviewed recently on the future of Radamel Falcao. He gave what seemed a genuine overview of his attitude and position toward the Falcao speculation that has been circulating throughout the season.This is an incredibly gifted player who had been repeatedly linked with both Chelsea and Manchester City for some considerable time.
We have to be realistic. I don’t like lying to people. I don’t know what will happen with Falcao. We have to make the most of the time he’s with us. If he stays, then great, but I don’t look too far ahead. What’s important is our game tomorrow and Falcao will be with us.”
Despite maintaining the short term-ism approach managers love to abide by when interviewed (“It’s all about is the next game”`) the overall impression mirrors the views Atlético president Enrique Cerezo put forth earlier in the season.
Cerezo admitted to a Madrid television channel:
If they come along with his release clause, if they bring the money, they pay it and the player agrees, he doesn’t even have to say goodbye.”
Despite Cerezo also putting faith in Falcao’s loyalty and love for his team and club, the departure of one of the world’s most in-form strikers seems to be almost inevitable.
The open lack of control and knowledge Simeone admitted to having regarding the long term presence of his most valuable player highlights for me, admission into the reality of the strikers exit in the summer.
I love the sound of Radamel in the top flight of English football. One transfer option that excites me is the potential for a Torres and cash swap. My potentially misguided hopefulness aside, a more likely move for the Columbian appears to take the striker to France after he expressed interest in teaming up with Zlatan Ibrahimović at PSG.
Even with the personal priorities of Falcao as a factor, the interest of some of the footballing superpowers generally means any array of scenarios could prove to come to fruition. The one growing certainty in my eyes is the severe lack of a career Radamel Falcao has at Atlético.
Neither Chelsea or Manchester can be under any illusions now. If you truly want Falcao, then pay!