Chelsea sent scouts to watch Radamel Falcao in the Madrid derby ahead of a January bid, according to the Spanish press.
Roman Abramovich has been linked with a transfer window move for the Colombian, but he may be having second thoughts after Falcao failed to find the net from open play for the sixth game in succession.
A report in AS claims Chelsea sent scouts to the game to take another look at the 26-year-old as they weigh up a move for him in the New Year.
New interim Blues boss, Rafael Benitez watched his side fail to win again in the Premier League, as they threw away a one-goal lead against West Ham United at Upton Park to lose 3-1.
It meant Chelsea have not picked up three points since the 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on October 20, though the failure of their rivals to find any consistency has meant they still remain third on goal difference.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil saw Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side defeat their rivals 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game that failed to hit the heights of quality.
Atletico Madrid are still second in La Liga, but a disappointing performance was summed up by the fact that Falcao only manager three attempts on goal.
Chelsea are struggling badly up front and Fernando Torres’ slump in form does not look like ending any time soon, so a change of some sort may be unavoidable.