Stamford Bridge side half-way to clinching big forward signing.
Chelsea set for £48m Falcao swoop in January
The Stamford Bridge outfit are set to activate the Atletico Madrid star’s release clause in the upcoming transfer window, with some suggestions that personal terms are agreed
Chelsea will make a sensational £48 million January move for Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao, Goal.com has learned.
Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, has decided to activate the €60m (£48.1m) release clause in the Colombian’s contract as he looks to land one of the hottest strikers in the world.
Manchester City are also interested in Falcao but the Premier League champions fear the 26-year-old is destined for a switch to Stamford Bridge in the New Year, with some suggesting that he has already agreed personal terms with the Londoners.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo wants a leading striker in the next transfer window, with Fernando Torres currently the only out-and-out forward in the first-team squad.
If indeed Chelsea have agreed personal terms with the 26 year old Colombian hot-shot then it would appear that the West London side are half-way there in terms of their pursuit of the Atletico Madrid striker.
The Blues are keen on boosting their attacking options and despite the fact that Fernando Torres has begun to resemble the striker Chelsea paid £50m for the Spaniard is still by no means prolific and Roberto Di Matteo has very few alternatives to the former Liverpool man.
Radamel Falcao is one of the most in-form forwards in Europe and is certainly a big improvement on Torres. The former FC Porto man netted 36 goals in his first season at the Vicente Calderon and has notched up an incredible 12 goals in eight games this season, including of course a hat-trick against Chelsea in the European Super Cup Final.
Other than Torres Chelsea have only Daniel Sturridge and currently loaned out Romelu Lukaku to call upon, two players Di Matteo doesn’t appear to rate too highly, given that neither striker has had much of a look-in under the Italian’s reign.
£48m is a fee that Man City are likely to match and then it may become a bidding war in terms of the wage the Premier League pair can offer the lethal finisher.
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