Chelsea could miss out on the signature of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, with reports in France claiming that he is close to joining Real Madrid.
The Colombian has been out of action for around 6 months with a knee injury that kept him out of the World Cup, but is closing in on a return to full fitness and could feature at the Emirates Cup this weekend.
His return to the pitch appears to have prompted more speculation about his future. Previously it was suggested that Chelsea would like to secure his services this summer in a £35 million deal after letting Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukkau leave Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted this week that he was happy with the three strikers he has at his disposal - Fernando Torres, Diego Costa and Didier Drogba - but he struggled with the same number of strikers last term and is said to an admirer of Falcao's.
Real Madrid swoop
However that could count for nothing if L'Equipe are to be believed - they claim that Real Madrid are close to sealing a swoop for the former Porto forward. However the move won't be straight-forward, the reigning European champions want reassurances that he has fully recovered from his knee injury and want to ensure there are no lingering long-term problems before they go ahead with the transfer.
Chelsea have already added heavily to their squad this summer and Mourinho has claimed that his spending is done - however that has not stopped reports linking him with a swoop for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.
Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Felipe Luis have all arrived at Stamford Bridge, but having recouped some serious cash from the sales of David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku they have the capital to buy a new forward if they so choose.
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