Mourinho turns to Monaco ace after missing out on Rooney.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will make an audacious attempt to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco, in a move that would see the Colombian striker move twice in the same summer.
The 27-year-old was targeted by a number of big clubs all around Europe after two seasons of exceptional form in La Liga with Atletico Madrid, but eventually made a surprise £51million move to the newly-promoted Ligue 1 side.
Backed by their wealthy Russian owner, Monaco have been able to attract a number of star names this summer, and have so far also signed Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez along with Falcao.
However, recent rumours suggest that Falcao could be set to leave the club after Monaco were hit by the news that they would not be exempt from the French tax laws that affect the rest of the players in France’s Ligue 1.
The country of Monaco is known for being a tax haven, with 0% income tax, and this has been deemed as giving the club an unfair advantage in attracting players this summer, for which they could face a hefty £85million fine from Ligue 1.
This sudden difficulty has seen the players consider their future, and Falcao in particular is supposedly keen to leave the club he joined just three months ago.
Chelsea were one of many clubs linked with him during his Atletico Madrid days, and the Blues are still in the hunt for a new striker after a frustrating summer in the transfer market.
With Fernando Torres and Demba Ba struggling for form in recent times, Jose Mourinho has eyed up the likes of Edinson Cavani, Robert Lewandowski and, most recently, Wayne Rooney to aid his striker crisis, but to no avail so far.
Rooney was believed to be his top target, but Manchester United are unwilling to sell the player to a Premier League rival, despite his apparent desire to leave Old Trafford for a new challenge.
With United rejecting offers of over £40million for Rooney, Mourinho feels it could be worth trying again for Falcao, who could be sold for a similar fee that Monaco initially signed him for.
In this surprise turn of events, Chelsea could still land themselves one of the signings of the summer before the close of the transfer window, and enhance their current status as title favourites with a player guaranteed to score around 30 goals a season.
It is thought that backup striker Ba will join Serie A side Roma if the Blues are successful in bringing someone else in.