Chelsea set sights on £30m double striker swoop
Chelsea transfer news: Roman Abramovich cools interest in Radamel Falcao
Chelsea are ready to turn their attentions to France star Loic Remy and Porto striker Jackson Martinez after cooling their interest in £46m-rated Atletico Madrid sensation Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Mirror.
Roman Abramovich is reportedly ready to drop his pursuit of Falcao after Atletico made it clear the Colombian international will not be sold for less than £46m, and the Chelsea owner believes he can get better value for money elsewhere.
The Mirror reports a January swoop for Falcao has not been ruled out, but Chelsea are now thought to be actively considering alternatives.
Two of the names mentioned are Marseille striker Loic Remy and Porto star Jackson Martinez.
Abramovich is set to retain faith in under-fire forward Fernando Torres, and Remy and Martinez would be cheaper alternatives, with the Frenchman reportedly available for £15m, and Martinez valued between £15m and £20m.
Remy has struggled with injury troubles this season, but the striker is highly rated in France, and has 17 caps for his country. The France international is only just returning to the Marseille team after injury.
Chelsea's other target, Martinez, plays for Falcao's former club, Porto. Signed as a replacement after Falcao departed for Atletico, Martinez has quickly settled into life in Portugal, and has been in sparkling form this season, hitting 14 goals in all competitions since arriving for £8m.
With nine goals in nine league appearances so far this season, Martinez has beat Porto goalscoring records set by club icons Falcao and Hulk.
But Porto drive a hard bargain - Chelsea were forced to shell out £13m to sign Andre Villas-Boas last year - and the Portuguese club refused to let Joao Moutinho leave on the cheap this summer.
But Chelsea are thought to see a double swoop for Martinez and Remy as better value than Falcao - a double swoop would likely cost less than a move for the Atletico Madrid striker.