Stamford Bridge look at alternatives to big money La Liga goal machine.
Chelsea are going cold on Atletico Madrid hitman Radamel Falcao – because Roman Abramovich is no longer convinced the Colombian is worth his asking price.
Falcao has been the revelation of Atletico’s impressive start to the season, including the outstanding hat-trick that sank Roberto Di Matteo’s Blues in the UEFA SuperCup Final in Monaco in August.
While a January swoop is not out of the question – there are still two months to go before the window opens and Chelsea have swapped targets at short notice before – the Blues are now looking at cheaper alternatives to add to their fire-power.
Marseilles’ France striker Loic Remy, who was on the Chelsea radar at the close of the summer window, is now understood to be back on the agenda, with the £15m tag not seen as too onerous.
Porto President Pinta Da Costa, who forced Chelsea to pay £13m to land Andre Villas-Boas in 2011 and played hardball with Spurs over Joao Moutinho this summer, is likely to ask for nearer £20m for the 26-year-old but Chelsea are looking to give Torres back-up until the end of the season.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Chelsea certainly do not look comfortable with having Fernando Torres as their main attacking weapon and given his fluctuating form one can see why.
The £50m man took a long while to get up to speed but has impressed this season though his six goals from 16 starts is hardly prolific.
The Blues have long been linked with interest in French international Loic Remy, who appears to have suffered since the departure of Didier Deschamps over the summer.
The 25 year old French international scored regularly in his first two seasons at the Stade Velodrome, netting 17 and 22 goals in his first two seasons respectively, but new boss Elie Baup hasn’t seen fit to hand the former Nice man a prominent place in his starting line-up, opting instead to trust to Andre Pierre-Gignac.
A move that has clearly not done Marseille any harm as they sit level pegging at the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
Jackson Martinez is the latest in line of South Americans drafted in by FC Porto to lead the line. The Colombian follows Hulk and Radamel Falcao, who have both cut their teeth at the Estadio Dragao with aplomb.
The lethal finisher has not disappointed, exceeding all expectations with a blistering start scoring nine goals in nine matches and helping his side to the top of the Primeira Liga.
Moves to sign either of this pair would presumably lead to the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Daniel Sturridge coming to the inevitable conclusion that Roberto Di Matteo has little faith in either of his current striking alternatives.
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