Paul Merson: Why Chelsea should try and sign Man United striker

Paul Merson urges Chelsea to try and sign Radamel Falcao this summer

Paul Merson has urged Chelsea to try and sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal this summer – as long as the price is right.

The Colombia international has endured a season to forget at Old Trafford after joining the Red Devils on loan from Monaco last summer.

Falcao has managed to score just four goals in 23 Premier League games for Louis van Gaal’s side this season and has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the United first team.

United were expected to sign Falcao on a permanent deal at the end of the current campaign but his patchy form has led to suggestions that the Red Devils may opt not to keep the 29-year-old at the club.

There have been suggestions that Falcao could be available for a cut-price transfer fee this summer, and former Arsenal man Merson believes he could be a good fit for Chelsea.

Merson told Sky Sports: “If he went down to £15m then I think there would be a lorry load of teams after him. He is a good player and I think he’ll get fitter and fitter.

“He hasn’t really had a season; he has only been in and out. He needs to play 20 games and then I think he’ll be back to where was when, for me, he was one of the best centre forwards in world football.

“Watching that (Falcao’s performance for United at Stamford Bridge) last week, I think Chelsea would take him at £15m – they need another centre forward.”

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