Monaco expect to sign Falcao 'plus four or five more'

The club's assistant coach Jean Petit has confirmed negotiations for the Colombian are progressing well, and he hopes to see a number of other top players arrive
Monaco assistant coach Jean Petit expects the club to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao "as soon as possible".

Chelsea had been confident of securing a deal for the 27-year-old after incoming manager Jose Mourinho highlighted the Colombia international as his priority transfer target this summer, but Monaco, who will play in Ligue 1 next term, have already triggered the striker's £50.7 million (€60m) release clause.

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Petit is now anticipating Falcao's arrival at the club and believes his side will continue to bolster their ranks with even more high-profile signings during the transfer window.

"Yes, we are expecting Falcao and four or five other players of his quality," he told Radio RCN.

"We have spoken and we continue to speak with Falcao and his representatives, negotiations are ongoing. We hope to seal a deal as soon as possible.

"Monaco need a player like Falcao because he can help us a lot and because he can attract other top players, and that's the best way of confirming out project is big and interesting. Signing Falcao is a big coup on sporting and media levels for French football.

"As a footballer Falcao has everything. He has technique, good control of the ball and scores a lot of goals. We saw it here in Monaco in the [European] SuperCup final and we were impressed and surprised by his performance and clinical finishing. President [Dmitry] Rybolovlev likes Falcao a lot."