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Chelsea target Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao in January

Superstar of Atletico Madrid and Colombia Radamel Falcao has been linked with the Champions of Europe, Chelsea during the winter transfer window in January. In recent seasons Falcao has become one of the most prolific strikers in world football. Falcao has already netted 10 La Liga goals in only 8 league matches this season. This form has attracted the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in previous seasons.

A player who would fit in perfectly at Chelsea as he would play alongside the formidable midfield trio Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar who have almost single handedly put the side at the top of the Premier League. Falcao is not only a clinical finisher he is an aerial threat which is something Chelsea is missing up front. If Roberto Di Matteo is keen to sign the Colombian forward this winter he would come at a price. Rumours have come through that Falcao is worth over 30 million pounds. Chelsea have already tipped the scales this season signing Oscar, Eden Hazard, Marko Marin, Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta and Thorgan Hazard for just under 80 million pounds. Any further signings would just add to the expenses this season. It did not help that at the end of last season the club had to let Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosignwa leave for free as their contracts ran out.

Despite the high price of the Colombian forward he would add depth and competition up front in which Fernando Torres needs. Falcao has one of the highest match to goal conversion rates in world football today. At River Plate Falcao netted 34 goals in 90 league appearances then at FC Porto where he helped the club to win the 2010-11 Europa League he scored 41 goals in only 51 league matches. Falcao broke Jurgen Klinsmann’s record of 15 European goals as he netted a remarkable 17 goals in 14 matches in the 2010-11 season. Then at Atletico Madrid Falcao has scored 34 goals in 42 league matches for the club.

Falcaos growing CV includes two UEFA Europa League titles one with Porto and one with Atletico, one UEFA Super Cup title, one Primeira Liga title, two UEFA Europa League Top Goal Scorer awards, two UEFA Europa League Final Man of the Match awards and the list goes on. A player who has been prolific in Portugal and Spain and a move to England would question if he could continue that form. If so Chelsea would be the favourites for the 2012-13 Premier League title in the new year.

Falcao at Chelsea could see Torres move to the bench a familiar role he had last season. Chelsea a side with depth would see Falcao up front with Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard behind him then the veteran Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel or Ramires in the holding midfield position. Another formation could see Falcao and Torres pairing up front which could rival Manchester United’s pair of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie as the best striker pair in world football if both in form. When both in scoring form Falcao and Torres add that extra edge to their team. Both players have great technique, great finishing and are great in the air.

At the international level Falcao has struggled to match his club form. For Colombia he has netted 15 goals in 40 appearances. Falcao is one of those players who are great when he has good service from the midfield which may be the reason for his slightly worse form on the international stage. On the 12th of October he netted a brace against Paraguay in a 2014 WCQ match. Colombia currently sit in 3rd place, 4 points behind 1st place Argentina in the CONMEBOL 2014 WCQ table.

Falcao netted a first half hat-trick against Chelsea in the 2012-13 UEFA Super Cup earlier this season as they beat the side 4-1. He has also been shortlisted for the 2012 Ballon d’Or for the first time in his career. In an interview this week Falcao mentioned “I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow.” Chelsea have looked to sign Falcao for two years however this deal is only a rumour and talk at the moment. Confirmation of the deal will be confirmed closer to the new year.

Chelsea look to bounce back against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this weekend after their shock loss to Manchester United last weekend. John Terry is still out with his suspension until November 11 and Frank Lampard is 50/50 due to his calf injury.

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