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Stamford Bridge side plan massive spend.
Watch out Fernando Torres: Abramovich is planning South American spending spree to boost flagging attack
Roman Abramovich might have upset Chelsea fans after replacing the popular Roberto Di Matteo with the, er, unpopular Rafa Benitez but the Russian billionaire will soon have them back onside with another transfer splurge.
Abramovich has his eye on three of the hottest prospects in world football — all South American — as he bids to strengthen in January.
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has a £44m clause in his contract.
The club will also launch a bid for Porto’s James Rodriguez who has a release clause of £36m. And it will cost the Chelsea owner £48m if he wishes to prize Uruguay international Edinson Cavani from Napoli.
SOURCE: Evening Standard
If Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was planning to appease Chelsea fans following the rather harsh sacking of Roberto Di Matteo then one would imagine forking out £100m plus to bring in three hugely talented forwards would be the right way to do it, though he may need an even bigger budget if he is to make up for the appointment of Rafa Benitez, the former Liverpool boss being a very contentious replacement, albeit apparently only on an interim basis.
Interest in Radamel Falcao is perhaps nothing new but as yet Chelsea have not tempted Atletico Madrid into selling their prized asset, which is a tad surprising given that the Vicente Calderon side are well known for the selling of their top talents.
If come January Diego Simeone’s side have dropped away from the title chase then perhaps a move for the 26 year old becomes easier to seal, but currently Atletico Madrid sit in second spot having won ten of their opening dozen La Liga games.
It may prove less tricky to nab Falcao’s national team colleague James Rodriguez, who has been in impressive form at FC Porto but one would have to wonder if, unlike Chelsea’s striker shortage, there is any real need for any additional wide attackers?
The likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata usually occupy these roles though more often than not operate in a floating role whereas the 21 year old South American could perhaps be considered in a more direct running wide-role, though again Chelsea do have Victor Moses and Marko Marin for just such a purpose.
Finally Chelsea continue to be linked with Edinson Cavani, who has been a hugely successful Napoli signing over the past two and a half seasons. The Uruguayan did however see his strike partner Ezequiel Lavezzi leave for PSG and could perhaps be considering a similar high profile move.
That said, Napoli, much like Atletico, have started the season strongly after missing out on a Champions League berth. The San Paolo side sit in third spot and Cavani is once again unstoppable in front of goal having scored 14 goals in 15 matches in all competitions.
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