Chelsea F.C. and AS Monaco have reached an agreement for the season-long loan of Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao.
Falcao, who spent last season on loan at Manchester United, will join former Atletico Madrid team-mates and Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge.
“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can’t wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe,” Falcao said.
Falcao bagged just four goals and four assists in 26 English Premier League appearances for United in 2014/15, and failed to find the back of the net in four appearances for Colombia at this summer’s Copa America in Chile.
The former Atletico hitman has suffered from a prolonged spell of poor form in recent times, but a move to West London to link up with the reigning English champions could be exactly what the Colombian needs to turn his career around.
Now then, will Falcao return to top-form with the Blues next season?
Ince signs for Derby
Derby County F.C. have completed the signing of midfielder Tom Ince from Hull City on a four-year deal.
Ince, who joined Hull from Blackpool on a free transfer in the summer of 2014, made just seven Premier League appearances for the Tigers before being sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest and Derby last season.
During his loan spell at the iPro Stadium, Ince scored 11 goals in 18 league appearances, and was named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month in April.
Ince becomes the Rams’ sixth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Alex Pearce, Andreas Weimann, Chris Baird, Darren Bent and Scott Carson.
“I’m delighted that we have been able sign Tom Ince on a permanent basis,” Derby manager Paul Clement told the club’s official website.
“I’m aware of the positive impact he had on the side during his time on loan last season from speaking to people at the club, and also watching a number of the matches back myself.
“He is an exciting talent, there’s no doubt about it, and he’s another very positive addition to the squad.
“I feel that we’re in a good place with how the squad is looking right now and credit to Sam Rush and Chris Evans for the work they have concluded, bringing in six quality signings this summer.”
Derby are now priced at 7/1 to win the English Championship title in 2014/15.