Dominic Fifield, writing for The Guardian, with a great piece on Chelsea’s reasoning for signing Radamel Falcao:
Yet this is the 29-year-old whom Chelsea, possibly after a fair deal of persuasion from the manager given the board is more comfortable these days purchasing younger potential, consider a risk worth taking. At this point the influence of Jorge Mendes, who represents both Falcao and Mourinho, should probably be acknowledged. There is a perception among other agents that Mendes alone could have smoothed this deal, which could be considered grudging recognition of the power he wields within the game, or frustration that the champions are taking on Falcao rather than one of the alternatives they are promoting. Chelsea, like United, Monaco and Atlético, deal with the Portuguese on a regular basis.
Yet Mourinho will not want to lose face on this deal. He will want his judgment to be proved correct. Most managers would probably back themselves to reinvigorate a player who had once been considered the most ferocious forward of his generation. The manager who claimed the Premier League for Chelsea last term will see a player still capable of covering huge distances over 90 minutes even last season, a striker whose quickest darts were more rapid than those of Robin van Persie, and whose eagerness to work in all areas of the pitch would fit into the more selfless demands of Chelsea’s approach.
The move may be a masterstroke. If it turns out he has lost that yard of pace that made him lethal, he will still be a decent alternative to Costa when needed.