Chelsea should avoid breaking the bank again for a big-name striker.
After the failed transfers of Andriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres, Roman Abramovich is hoping that the third time can be the charm. Shevchenko cost £30 million, which was a Premier League record. Torres' £50 million transfer then became the most an English club has ever spent.
With the transfers of Shevchenko and Torres, Abramovich made it clear that it's his club and he'll buy whomever he wants. Little thought is given to how the players might integrate into what already exists at the club.
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao would in all likelihood break that record as well. He's been linked with Chelsea for the past few years, but mainly because seemingly every talented striker in the world is rumored to Chelsea.
There's more substance to the rumors now, however, as an official of the club has made a trip to Madrid. The Telegraph reports that Marina Granovskaia, Roman Abramovich’s personal assistant, has flown in to discuss with both Madrid clubs the possibility of buying either Falcao or Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid.
It seems to be a bit of spending money just for the sake of spending money. The Blues have a wealth of options with which to attack.
Daniel Sturridge, Victor Moses and Fernando Torres are all dependable options. For all of the criticism Torres gets, he's good enough to make Chelsea a title-winning team, and the same goes for Moses and Sturridge.
In the summer, they'll get Romelu Lukaku back from loan. He's been on an extremely good run of form at West Brom this year, notching four goals and an assist in 14 league appearances.
A little deeper in the pitch, other clubs must envy the kind of choices Rafa Benitez can make. Eden Hazard and Juan Mata are world-class midfielders, and then there's Oscar and Marko Marin.
If the Blues were absolutely bent on obtaining another striker, then Fernando Llorente, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba are all much cheaper options.
Granted Falcao might be the best pure finisher in the world, the club would be much better served trying to find a central midfielder. John Obi Mikel has in the past looked like a promising player, but over time, that potential has failed to materialize.
The biggest problem with the club right now is that they don't have another player to complement Ramires in the center of the pitch. He alone can't compensate for how much the wing-backs and midfielders attack up the pitch.
Yann M'Vila has run into quite a rough patch in his career, but part of that could stem from the complacency he's feeling at Rennes. Although he's only 22 years old, he's accomplished everything he can at the club and it's time that he moved on.
M'Vila's stock couldn't be much lower than it is now, so the club would be getting a steal for a player that still may be one of the more promising young defensive midfielders in the world.
Falcao might be a superb striker, but he can't solve the issues at Chelsea right now.