One thing is definite: Chelsea need to sign a new striker, one who scores goals consistently, in the summer.

The two obvious options are Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao and Napoli's Edinson Cavani.

Their goalscoring records over the past two seasons are quite phenomenal and there is no surprise that the Blues have been chasing both of them for quite some time.

Of course they wouldn't have to go through so much to sign the two South Americans had Fernando Torres lived up to his £50m price tag.

Anyway, Falcao and Cavani have extremely similar goalscoring records over the past two seasons and quite astonishingly have similar goalscoring records for their national teams.

But who would be a better fit for Chelsea?

First of all, Chelsea will have to pay a fortune to land either striker, which is a risk they may be forced to take given that the £50m paid to land Torres hasn't worked out at all as they hoped.

Radamel Falcao

At 5ft 10in, Falcao's stature is average but his considerable upper-body strength makes it seem as though he were much bigger. He also possesses the close-body control that is so distinctive among South American forwards. He is remarkably two-footed and almost every part of his body is like a weapon.

From his earliest days at River Plate, to the trophy-laden seasons at Porto and now at Atletico Madrid, Falcao has always had the ability to find the back of the net consistently.

He has certainly adapted, and working with magicians such as Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar will make his life at Chelsea much easier.

Edinson Cavani

The Uruguayan is, in contrast, more physically imposing, standing at 6ft 2in. He can jostle with most defenders and tends to operate a bit more deeper than Falcao and his superb positional sense means he excels at at using his team-mates, which makes for a mouth-watering combination with the likes of Mata, Hazard and Oscar.

But what really separates the Uruguayan from other strikers is his defensive work-rate. The counter-attacking style of Napoli means that everyone needs to take defensive assignments in order to win back possession and that could be major help for the likes of Gary Cahill, David Luiz etc.

The Uruguayan attacks his duties with as much intensity as he does his obligations in the penalty area.

Signing either Falcao or Cavani would be a coup for Chelsea or any European powerhouse.

As far as Chelsea are concerned though, Cavani wins the battle simply because of his high defensive work-rate - but that too is by the slimmest of margins.

 

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