AVB targets €40m Madrid hitman in January raid

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Chelsea have set their January transfer sights on Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, according to reports.

The Colombian international striker moved to Spain for €40 million in August, smashing the transfer record at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in the process.

However, reports in The Times claim his time with Los Rojiblancos could be short-lived if Andre Villas-Boas gets his way, with the Chelsea boss targeting the 25-year-old as part of a big-money move in the New Year.

The speculation goes on to suggest that AVB is also keen on João Moutinho, with the Blues manager keen to utilise his Porto connections to bring the player to west London.

Both players enjoyed unprecedented success under the 34-year-old at the Estádio do Dragão, with domestic and European glory coming their way in his season with the club.

Whilst Falcao has moved to pastures new, Villas-Boas is believed to have kept a close eye on the pair, with the Chelsea boss looking to bring his old duo into the ranks at Stamford Bridge.

With the backing of owner Roman Abramovich, the manager is expected to raid the transfer market at the start of 2012, with a striker thought to be amongst the priorities as Nicolas Anelka prepares to make his Chelsea exit.

Success in the Champions League has taken the pressure of AVB, for now at least, but signings in January to supplement a push at the English title could go some-way to sustaining the manager's long-term future at Chelsea.

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