Stamford Bridge side step-up goal machine chase.
Chelsea are stepping up their bid to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao after agreeing to sell Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool.
Standard Sport revealed earlier this month that Sturridge would join Brendan Rodgers’s side next month after making it clear that a move to Anfield was his only choice.
Chelsea will reinvest the funds from his £12million transfer as part of a spending spree on at least three players during the transfer window, with Falcao their main target.
Club officials have already been to Madrid to open negotiations with Atletico, who would prefer to sell him to Chelsea rather than fierce rivals Real Madrid.
Chelsea are favourites for Falcao’s signature and owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to pay the £48m release clause in his contract as well as give him a salary that matches that of Fernando Torres’s £175,000 a week.
It has been reported in Spain that Abramovich also intends to fly the Colombia international to London to have a tour of the city and the club’s training facilities to help convince him to make the move to Stamford Bridge.
SOURCE: Evening Standard
Radamel Falcao has been on the Chelsea radar ever since the Colombian notched up a hat-trick in the Super Cup Final win over the Blues earlier this season and now Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is ready to step up the chase for the Atletico Madrid forward, who may be leaning towards a Vicente Calderon exit following the club’s thumping at the hands of runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona on the weekend.
Chelsea could certainly do with some attacking alternatives as they have relied too heavily on inconsistent Spaniard Fernando Torres this season and one wonders if a move for the 26 year old will spell the end of the former Liverpool marksman’s Blues career or whether the Stamford Bridge side plan to play the pair together.
Falcao has scored an astonishing 20 goals in 16 matches this season following a solid first term at the club during which the former FC Porto man scored 36 goals and helped Diego Simeone’s side to a Europa League crown.
Abramovich redeveloped a taste for spending big over the summer when he forked out over £80m to bring in a host of young talents including the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses and the Chelsea owner appears ready to once again dig deep to improve the West London club’s squad.
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