Chelsea line up loan move for £40m Monaco star

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Chelsea appear to be preparing to significantly boost their striking unit on a temporary basis, with reports suggesting that the club are looking to sign Colombian forward Radamel Falcao on a loan deal.

According to the Daily Star, Falcao is currently unsettled at Monaco and is hoping to leave the club that he only joined for a hefty fee of approximately £40 million from La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid this summer.

Chelsea have been linked with a potential move for Falcao recently, and the Daily Star now claim that the Blues are hoping to secure the Colombian marksman's signature on a loan deal when the transfer window re-opens for business in the new year.

Jose Mourinho's need for a new striker is plain for all to see, with the trio of Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres each having endured struggles in front of goal so far this season.

Just whether they will be able to complete such a deal, however, remains to be seen. Despite Falcao reportedly being keen on a switch away from the club, Monaco obviously lavished a considerable sum of money on the player and will surely be desperate to see a satisfying return on such an extravagant investment.

It is also worth bearing in mind that La Liga champions Real Madrid and Premier League rivals Manchester United have also been linked with a potential move for Falcao, and their apparent interest could presumably act as a significant barrier to any potential Chelsea deal.

David Moyes also reportedly sent scouts to watch Falcao during Colombia's recent friendly encounter against Belgium, but quite where he would fit into the Manchester United lineup remains to be seen.

With Shinji Kagawa having recently proved his worth to the Old Trafford faithful in his preferred 'no.10' role, Wayne Rooney and Dutch maestro Robin van Persie are two of the Premier League's most-feared strike duos and it could be that Moyes would be better off focusing his attention elsewhere in January.

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