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Stamford Bridge side linked with big money move for coveted striker.
Chelsea have launched a €55m (£46m) plus keeper Thiabaut Courtois bid for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao according to Spanish source Sport.es
The West London side, who have been linked with interest in Colombian forward Falcao for some months, are ready to make the big money offer for the 26 year old as Roman Abramovich looks to snare a ‘marquee’ signing in the summer and such a move may well lead many to wonder where Fernando Torres’s future lies.
Falcao has been been a huge hit since his move to the Vicente Calderon from FC Porto, notching up 36 goals in his first season at the club and scoring 22 goals in 21 appearances thus far this season.
His goals has seen Atletico Madrid mount a serious challenge for a Champions League berth and currently Diego Simeone’s side sit firmly in second spot, splitting La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid sit seven points clear of their city rivals from the Bernabeu and nine off runaway leaders Barcelona, however this good form doesn’t mean that the club will keep hold of Falcao and the club do have a history of selling their best players with the likes of the aforementioned Torres, Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero and most recently David de Gea all leaving for ‘Bigger’ clubs.
Though Chelsea brought in Demba Ba in January they did also lose Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool so there is certainly room for another forward, especially one as coveted as Falcao.
Moves to include Courtois into the deal also make a great deal of sense. The Belgian keeper is into his second season long loan spell at Atletico Madrid and has been a big success, helping his side to secure the second best defensive record in the Spanish top tier.