Columbus Crew midfielder Federico Higuain has urged Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao to join him at the MLS, the USA's top soccer league.
Having played alongside the Colombian star during his early days at River Plate, the brother of Gonzalo Higuain believes Falcao "is still able" to play well despite his recent failures at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United.
Falcao moved to West London last summer on a season's loan from Monaco following his disappointing spell at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho was convinced he could recover his best form at Stamford Bridge but the striker has started just two games in all competitions for the Blues this season, having being on the sidelines since the game against Liverpool late in October. He has scored just once, in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Some reports have claimed that Mourinho is likely to break the agreement with the 29-year-old star in January to sign a proper back-up for Diego Costa.
Higuain claims that should Falcao decide to continue his career at the MLS he would be welcomed.
"We are talking about a great football player worldwide, one of the best forwards. I think he can play both in MLS and in any (League) around Europe. I think that he is still able to do well anywhere," Higuain said to AS Colombia.
Higuain, nevertheless, believes that Falcao's struggles at Chelsea are also down to the team's situation, being 14th in the Premier League table after 14 games.
"Logically there are times when a team makes things easier for the player and sometimes happen the opposite. But we are talking about a great forward who could play at a high level in MLS. We just need to wait which is his decision regarding his future," Higuain said.
Meanwhile, Falcao's former teammate at Porto, Diego Hernan Valeri, who currently plays at Portland Timbers, has also backed the Chelsea striker to join North American championship.
"I think it's a very personal decision but obviously I'd love to see him here, if he wants to come he would be welcome," he said. "Having enjoyed a great relationship with him, I am convinced he would like to live in this country and have an experience in the MLS. It would be a good chance also for the American League to have a player as big as Radamel. If he decides to come we will open him the doors without problems."