Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has suggested that Chelsea target Radamel Falcao will not be leaving the La Liga club this season, even if his release clause is met.
Recent reports have suggested that such was Chelsea’s determination to land the prolific Colombian in January that owner Roman Abramovich was prepared to pay the striker’s €60 million (£48.8m) buyout clause.
But Cerezo has said that the 26-year-old’s commitment to the club is such that he will not leave the Vicente Calderon midway through the season.
“If someone comes with the money and meets the clause, the player does not have to leave," he said, according to Sky Sports.
"I don't think this is a matter for discussion, it is an issue that is there.
"But Falcao is a very serious person, he is a man who knows what contract he has, what situation he is in. He is in a team that wants him, he is delighted and above all he scores goals.
"He is very pleased and happy here, and until proven otherwise he will remain Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea could yet be in the running for another South American star in Brazil forward Neymar. It has long been seen as a matter of time before the 20-year-old leaves Santos for one of Europe’s top clubs. Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked, although Barcelona were thought to be in pole position for his signature.
However, Neymar has made some intriguing comments about the languages he is currently learning.
“I want to learn English and Spanish, but between training, family and my son I do not have time to do everything,” he said, according to TalkSport. “I want to get organized and I hope to do a course.”
When asked if he was preparing for a move to Barcelona by learning Catalan, he then replied: "I want to learn a world language such as English.”
Recent reports have also suggested that Chelsea are interested in one of Neymar’s Brazil teammates, Paulinho. However, the 24-year-old central midfielder’s club, Corinthians, have said that there is no truth to the speculation.
"I have no idea where this information has come from," Corinthians manager Tite said, according to Sky Sports.
"We are at an important stage in Corinthians' history and this information will not disrupt us.
"Money doesn't buy everything. It could be a lot of money, but if the player is smart and has ambition like Paulinho does, then money will not be enough."
If Chelsea fail with a lucrative move for Falcao then they could renew their attempts to sign Marseille forward Loic Remy, according to the London Evening Standard. The story states that a move for the France international broke down in August because Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge refused to go on loan to Liverpool, instead favoring a permanent switch.
With Sturridge reportedly still unsettled, the forward could be on his way in January to open the path for Remy’s arrival. The Evening Standard claims that Remy could be available for £15 million, the same price as Chelsea will look to recoup for Sturridge.