Radamel Falcao could join Chelsea instead of Diego Costa

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Chelsea are once again being linked with a move for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, amid doubts over their prospective deal to bring Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge.

Sport Witness cites reports in French newspaper L'Equipe, suggesting the Blues are ready to pay €45 million for the Colombia international's services, having turned attention away from the Atletico Madrid man.

Jose Mourinho is know to be in the market for a new striker this summer, and is determined to make a marquee signing to help fire Chelsea to the Premier League title next season.

However, Falcao's transfer to west London cannot be completed until after July 20, due to a pre-arranged friendly between Monaco and Atletico Madrid that he is due to feature in.

The friendly proposal formed part of the deal that took the 28-year-old to Ligue 1 last summer, and it wouldn't go down well if the French club cashed-in before facing Los Rojiblancos.

It's not yet clear whether that will have any impact on Chelsea's proposed transfer plans, but it's unlikely they'd have secured the player's signature before the completion of the World Cup anyway.

There have been rumours of unrest in the Falcao camp for some time, with recent reports suggesting the South American is unhappy at Stade Louis II, despite having only moved there 12 months ago.

Monaco would begrudgingly sell their prolific marksman because it would help them make FFP rules, but they will certainly need to bring in a replacement before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

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