Monday Kickoff: Mourinho hints at Falcao signing; Barca to pay tax sum; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to address his forward problems this summer.

Though Chelsea are leading the English Premier League with 60 points, one more than Arsenal, the Blues have done it without much consistency from either Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres, or Demba Ba. In an interview with French TV channel Canal Plus, Mourinho hinted that he could sign injured forward Radamel Falcao to fix those problems.

“The problem at Chelsea is that we are missing a striker. I have one in [Samuel] Eto’o but he is 32, possibly 35, who knows?”, Mourinho joked in the interview. “I don’t have Falcao but Falcao doesn’t have a club. Who wants to play in front of 3,000 supporters? If I was one day to go to Monaco it would be the end (of my career).”

Mourinho did however rule out a move for Paris Saint-Germain goal scorers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, saying that no amount of money would be enough for the PSG owners to allow them to leave.

Falcao is currently rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in late January. He was given a 50 percent chance of recovering in time to represent his native Colombia at the 2014 World Cup.

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BARCELONA TO PAY €9.1 MILLION TAX BILL

Though Barcelona has continued to plead their innocence, they’re planning on paying the Spanish High Court’s sum of €9.1 million over Neymar’s transfer.

Last week, the Spanish judiciary said that Barcelona had failed to pay taxes on two payments totaling €37.9 million to a company owned by Neymar’s father. Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has been adamant that the club did nothing wrong, saying that the payments were part of a “penalty clause” in the transfer and any taxes would have had to be paid in Brazil.

The furor surrounding new details that came out about the Brazilian star’s transfer last summer from Santos to Barcelona forced former Barca President Sandro Rosell to resign from his position. Spanish publication Marca is reporting that Barcelona have now spent €107.3 million in total surrounding the Neymar transfer, with a majority of the money not ending up in the hands of Santos.

QUICK KICKS

33-year-old Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to sign a 12-month contract extension to remain at the Emirates Stadium. (REPORT)

Netherlands head coach Louis Van Gaal is interested in taking the Tottenham job if it opens up following the World Cup. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund have suffered a blow, learning that midfielder Lars Bender could miss up to six weeks with a groin injury. (REPORT)

Sought-after PSG midfielder Marco Verratti has confirmed his intention to remain at the French club for next season. (REPORT)

Boca Juniors returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory against Estudiantes de la Plata, as Fernando Gago played the hero. (REPORT)

Enzo Zidane, the son of Zinedine Zidane, has been called up to the France U-19 squad, though he is eligible to represent Spain as well. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Do you think Falcao could succeed in England? Should Barcelona pay the tax sum? Think Rosicky can remain at his level into next season?

Share your thoughts below.

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19 Responses to Monday Kickoff: Mourinho hints at Falcao signing; Barca to pay tax sum; and more

  1. DCGooner says:

    Unless he was asked specifically about Falcao the guy really shouldn’t be saying things like that.

    • Sly says:

      Chelsea has mastered tapping up. Have you heard about the initial offer for Hazard. Drogba called Gervinho at Lille and asked him if Hazard was there Gervinho put him on the phone Drogba gave the phone to Roman and he just said he’d triple his wages,

      This came from a book by the then Coach of Lille I believe. That would be an open and shut case. Should be a huge fine and fee. But Lille got 40 million pounds for him, thats their transfer record by a country mile. They made out well enougth why complain.

    • George Friday says:

      If I was Eto’o I would be fuming. His comment is just out of line.

  2. biff says:

    Hilarious comment. And if Mourinho makes that sort of biting comment about one of his players then you be sure that Mou is not happy with the player and that it was intentional. Wonder what Eto did to pi$$ off Mou.

    • Increase0 says:

      It was also a shot at Wenger again. He used to manage Monaco.

      That’s an insult hat trick 3 people in one go.

      • biff says:

        You are absolutely correct on Wenger. I admit, I did not pick up on that during the first read. But actually four insults: Eto, Wenger, Ba, Torres.

        I bet Lukaku will being going back to Chelsea in August.

  3. biff says:

    You have missed one very big piece of news, Dan.

  4. The Imperative Voice says:

    Der Kommissar to Chelsea!

  5. Increase0 says:

    Ohhhh, the Fabian to Gladbach thing is apparently a done deal. Good for him. If Gladbach can get back to they early season form they should be in the Europa/Champs league.

    That would also require Schalke to lose it completely but thats not such a big ask.

  6. Vik says:

    I think lars plays for Leverkusen. Sven is the Dortmund one.

    • Travis says:

      This is definitely true, would expect a bit better here. Dortmund has been terribly unlucky with injuries this year, constant.

  7. AcidBurn says:

    We did nothing wrong, but sure, what’s 9 million among friends? Take it tax authority, we were planning just to take that in 500 Euro bills, roll it up and smoke it. Mes que un club, baby.

    Seriously, this is ridiculous. We’ll pay the fine but not admit we did anything wrong.

  8. Tony says:

    Mourinho is the epitamy of what is wrong with this world. He has a fervent belief in belittling people so as to motivate. But after a while players just tune you out. Eto Torres and Ba are great player. Do your job mourinho! Motivate them and stop talking smack about the players you want but you can’t have!