'Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado can thrive at Chelsea'

Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao scored four goals in 29 appearances for Manchester United last season

Radamel Falcao and Juan Cuadrado can bring the best out of each other at Chelsea next season, says Colombia coach Jose Pekerman.

Chelsea are close to signing Monaco striker Falcao on a season-long loan.

The 29-year-old, currently with Colombia at the Copa America in Chile, scored four goals in 29 appearances on loan at Manchester United last season.

"I have no doubts that they are going to help each other and are going to be a success," Pekerman said.

Falcao factfile
ClubAppearancesGoals
River Plate (2004-09)9034
Porto (2009-11)7262
Atletico Madrid (2011-13)8668
Monaco (2013-14)2011
Manchester United (2014-15)294

Chelsea signed winger Cuadrado from Fiorentina for £23.3m in February but he made only a modest impact in his first six months at the club.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho said in April that 27-year-old Cuadrado needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

Compatriot Cuadrado also welcomed Falcao's impending arrival at Stamford Bridge.

He said: "I am very happy that he's with us, but first we have got to concentrate on the Copa."

United rejected the chance to sign Falcao permanently at the end of a difficult loan spell at Old Trafford.

The player's struggles were said to have reduced him to tears during his time with the Red Devils.

But Mourinho recently claimed he could help Falcao revive his career. and recapture the kind of form he has shown at previous clubs.

Falcao was signed by French club Monaco for £50m in 2013, having scored 70 goals in two prolific seasons with Atletico Madrid.

Before arriving at Atletico in 2011, he scored 72 goals in two seasons for Portuguese side FC Porto after joining them from Argentine club River Plate in 2009.

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