Chelsea plotting £60m record Falcao move

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Jose Mourinho could be set to dramatically boost his striking options, with rumours suggesting that Chelsea are eyeing a mammoth bid for Monaco forward Radamel Falcao.

The Blues' current frontmen have struggled somewhat for consistency so far this season, with Fernando Torres missing lengthy spells with injuries and suspensions, Samuel Eto'o largely struggling to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and Demba Ba proving ineffective.

And with the latter having been linked with a switch away from Stamford Bridge recently, rumours have been rife that Mourinho will look to add another striker to his squad when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.

While many speculated that in-demand Polish international Robert Lewandowski was a target for the title hopefuls, such a switch now appears extremely doubtful after Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich reportedly won the race for the Borussia Dortmund star.

Seemingly missing out on Lewandowski may not prove to be fatal for Chelsea, however, with another talented goal scorer in the crosshairs.

According to the Daily Mirror, the club are back in the race to sign Falcao. The Colombian - who has also been linked with Real Madrid - only joined the Ligue 1 outfit from Diego Simone's Atletico Madrid for a fee of £50 million back in June, showing excellent form so far with nine goals in 13 league outings under Claudio Ranieri.

The aforementioned paper suggests that Mourinho is planning to travel to watch Falcao during his nation's friendly fixture against Belgium on Thursday evening before considering making a British-record bid of a whopping £60 million.

It is though the the purpose of such a curious scouting mission is to witness exactly how Falcao responds to the physical nature of Belgium's backline - many members of whom currently ply their trade in the English top-flight.

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