Chelsea target £45 million Drogba replacement

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Chelsea look set to add to their strikers in January as they plot an audacious £45 million bid for Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao, according to the Sun.

The Blues were blown away in the European Supercup by the Colombian forward who bagged a hat-trick in a 4-1 win earlier this month, while his goal scoring exploits across three last three years mark him out as one of the most deadly strikers on the planet.

The 26-year-old has found the net 115 times since his move to Europe from River Plate in 2009, and has won the Europa League twice with Porto and Madrid respectively.

Now the Sun report that Chelsea have already held talks with cash-strapped Madrid over a January swoop for Falcao, with £45 million said to be the fee the Spanish outfit are demanding for a player they paid £32 million for in 2011.

The paper also report that the Blues are hoping to get an agreement wrapped up soon in order to avoid any other club coming in with a counter-offer.

Chelsea can only currently call upon Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge as their outright attacking options following the departure of Didier Drogba, and with Torres seemingly struggling in front of goal and Sturridge injured, the west London club will likely bolster their front line when the winter transfer window opens.

However, one hitch in any possible deal could be that Falcao is part owned by a third party, which is forbidden under Premier League rules.

That means Chelsea must buy out the investment fund who own part of his commercial rights, something that could potentially complicate any agreement.

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