Chelsea transfer target aims to beat Lionel Messi

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Chelsea transfer target Radamel Falcao is aiming to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the Pichichi top scorer award this season.

The Colombian international has eight goals in La Liga so far, the same amount as Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Messi.

Falcao finished third in the Pichichi race last season, behind Ronaldo in second, and Messi - who scored 50 league goals - in first.

The Atletico Madrid forward has been a long-term Chelsea transfer target, but Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini flew to Spain to scout Falcao last weekend.

The City boss watched on as Falcao scored within six minutes as Atletico beat Malaga 2-1 to go joint top with Barcelona.

And the Colombia international is relishing the chance to battle Messi and Ronaldo for the La Liga top scorer crown.

"Everything's still very close, but I am enjoying fighting with them for the top-scorer," Falcao told El Tiempo.

Chelsea were linked with a £45m January bid for Falcao, who has scored the third highest amount of goals in the 2012 calendar year - the Atletico striker lies behind Messi and Ronaldo.

Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea side are light up front, with only Fernando Torres and Danny Sturridge available as recognised strikers.

Didier Drogba departed for Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua over the summer, and the Stamford Bridge side failed to replace their talismanic forward.

A move for Falcao would certainly act as a statement of intent for a Chelsea side that already sit top of the Premier League table after a superb start to the season.

The Colombian forward would not come cheap, and Chelsea would likely face competition not just from Manchester City, but from Arsenal as well.

The Gunners chairman Peter Hill-Wood confirmed this week that Arsene Wenger will have money to spend in January, and after impressive financial figures were released earlier this month, Arsenal could move in with a big-money offer for one of the best strikers in world football.

Didier Drogba
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