Madrid hitman in Chelsea transfer plans

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

The Evening Standard claims the Blues’ ‘principle objective’ this summer is to strengthen in attack, with Napoli forward Edinson Cavani another player to have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

But, the newspaper goes on to suggest that 26-year-old Falcao is top of the club’s list of targets, with the potential lure of Champions League football key to a move for the Colombian international.

Atletico are currently four points off fourth place in La Liga, with Diego Simeone’s side in a massive battle for the final European Cup qualifying spot. They sit eighth in the table.

Chelsea aren’t guaranteed a place at Europe’s top table next season either though, sitting fifth in the Premier League behind Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. However, their victory over Napoli last night means they are still in with a shout of winning the competition this term.

Having only signed the player for £35 million from FC Porto in the summer, Simeone is likely to be reluctant to let the player leave the Estadio Vicente Calderón after only one season, but with 20 goals to his name in the campaign thus far, it’s easy to see why Falcao would appeal to Chelsea.

The Blues would, of course, need to sort their management situation out before making big moves in the summer, although Roberto Di Matteo did his permanent claims to become Chelsea boss no harm yesterday (Wednesday) with the 4-1 win.

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