Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that Radamel Falcao’s massive salary has made it difficult to move in for the forward in January.
Falcao has scored just once since moving to Stamford Bridge on loan from Monaco this summer and Zenit had been mooted as his next potential destination after a poor start to life in London.
The Colombian forward would be linking up with former boss Villas-Boas in Russia, but it seems the ex-Chelsea coach is not up for reuniting with the striker after a failed bid to sign him earlier this year.
With his wages clocking in at £145,000 a week – a 50 per cent cut from his time at Manchester United, Falcao would prove too expensive for the Russian champions.
Asked if he had spoken to his mentor Jose Mourinho about the 29-year-old, Villas-Boas said: ‘No, I haven’t had a conversation with Jose. The player belongs to Chelsea, on loan from Monaco.
‘It’s difficult to bring such a player to Russia with the rules and regulations we have, we tried to bring him here in the summer at the start of the season, but then the rules changed a week before the season started. We can’t bring him here because of the rules and we don’t have space.
‘We have (Artyom) Dzyuba – he scored two goals, his form is great for the club and the national team and he deserves respect.’
Teams in Russia have seen changes in the financial fair play demands of their domestic competition in recent years, while a number have found it tough to comply with UEFA’s rules on the same topic.
Villas-Boas added: ‘Due to the limitions we can’t bring Falcao here, his salary is immense too and the financial rules in place prevent this. This is the rule chosen by Mr (Vitaly) Mutko (President of the Football Union of Russia) and so this is impossible.’