Chelsea target lined up as Falcao replacement

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Chelsea target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is being lined up as a possible replacement for in demand Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.

Chelsea have also been cited as possible suitors for the £48million-rates Falcao, as have Manchester City, and, according to Calciomercato, Atletico have earmarked the Schalke 04 hitman as the ideal replacement.

Falcao has been the subject of intense speculation regarding his future, with Roberto Mancini reportedly going to watch him in a recent Atletico win, while Chelsea are reportedly looking for some competition for their only senior striker Fernando Torres.

Huntelaar is in the final year of his contract at the Bundesliga club and could easily be afforded by the Spanish club should they receive anything close to the price given above.

It could be a transfer nightmare for Roberto di Matteo if Chelsea are outbid by Manchester City and then lose out to Atletico in the chase for Huntelaar.

The Holland international was in sensational form last season, netting an incredible 48 times for Schalke and could spark a wage war between bidding clubs if he decides to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.

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