Chelsea must sign Lewandowski over Falcao

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Reports emerged this week claiming that Chelsea are weighing up an astronomical £60m bid for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

But would the Colombia international be a good fit at Stamford Bridge - or would the Blues be better off targeting another expensive frontman?

There's no denying Falcao's immense quality. The 27-year-old is one of the world's best No. 9s - if not the very best - and has flourished in Europe since leaving River Plate in 2009.

He's scored goals at FC Porto, Atletico Madrid and AS Monaco - and there's a good chance he'd score his fair share at Chelsea, too. For £60m, though, that's the least you'd expect.

However, those who have watched Falcao closely over recent years would tell you that the prolific South American striker has benefitted from playing in teams that play to his strengths.

As a front-to-goal striker, Falcao takes some beating: he can feed off scraps, he's sensational when it comes to attacking crosses, while his finishing inside the box is instinctive.

But Chelsea's current system demands that their lone striker can hold up the ball and bring the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata into play.

Tasked with this responsibility and you could imagine Falcao, who isn't nearly as lethal as a back-to-goal striker, struggling to produce his best form.

Unless Jose Mourinho makes some significant tactical alterations, a much better fit to the current system at Stamford Bridge would surely be Borussia Dortmund's excellent forward Robert Lewandowski.

The Poland international is a capable back-to-goal striker - as he's proven with Dortmund in the Bundesliga and the Champions League - with an intelligent ability to pick out his teammates.

He would score plenty of goals in the Premier League with Chelsea, there's no doubt about that, and he proved last season that he possesses a big-game mentality.

Not only that but he would also cost a fraction of the price Monaco will demand for Falcao.

Lewandowski looks 90 per cent certain to join Bayern Munich when his Borussia Dortmund contract expires at the end of the season. Indeed, the Pole insists that his mind is already made up - although he wouldn't reveal his next destination, it didn't require too much guess work to realise which club he intends on joining.

Nevertheless, a serious cash offer - still much less than what Falcao would cost - could tempt Dortmund to have a word with Lewandowski and make it clear that it's in everyone's best interests if he heads to Stamford Bridge instead.

Whether or not he'd accept the offer is another matter entirely, of course, but before potentially blowing £60m on a striker who could flop - Chelsea should at least explore the possibility of bringing Lewandowski to the Premier League.

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