Jose Mourinho has confirmed he is trying to sign Radamel Falcao this summer.
The Chelsea boss is in the market to sign a new forward in the summer transfer window after Didier Drogba left the club, and Falcao has emerged as a top target.
The Colombian failed badly while on loan at Manchester United last season, managing just four goals in the Premier League. The Red Devils opted against making his switch to Old Trafford permanent and Monaco are looking to get him off their books this summer - opening the door for Chelsea to swoop.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Times, the Chelsea boss admitted he was trying to seal a deal for Falcao, and also revealed he will be in the market looking to improve his squad.
He is also adamant that he won't lose any players amidst reported interest in Eden Hazard and Diego Costa from Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid respectively.
"We will be better,” he said. “I don’t see our team losing players. I don’t see our team losing our qualities, especially our mental, emotional approach to matches, to the season, to the competition.”
Falcao managed to score more than 150 goals in 200 appearances for European clubs before joining Manchester United this season, however his struggles on the back of a serious knee injury which ruled him out of last year's World Cup have cast doubts about his future.
Chelsea claimed the Premier League title last season at a canter, but couldn't make an impact in Europe after being knocked out by Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.
Mourinho is wary of his fellow Premier League rivals such as Manchester United and Arsenal improving next term, and warned his team will have to be on their toes in order to keep them at bay. “I see what they see: that they are very good teams,” says Mourinho of their rivals hoping to close the gap.
“Arsenal, United and Manchester City, I see them as top teams. Liverpool, last season, was not there but the potential is there. They will buy. Tottenham is always trying to improve. So I see them with all the respect they deserve. I completely accept they will start the season saying, ‘We want to win the title’. That is normal.”