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There has been much talk surrounding a possible move for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao once the transfer window opens. However, such a move looks less likely to happen every day.
Falcao would certainly fit Chelsea's system, and such a transfer would boost any squad. However, the price tag would be heavy, with a transfer fee looking to be upwards of £40 million.
In the formation currently used by Benitez, there is really only room for one out-and-out striker. If Fernando Torres continues his recent form, any new strikers may struggle to get playing time. As a result, Chelsea may want to look for cheap, reliable options.
One such option would be Demba Ba. The Senegalese striker is in great form for Newcastle, and has a reported £7 million release clause in his contract, according to The Independent.
That's easy money for Chelsea.
Double that, and you have the fee that Chelsea are said to be offering for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope (via SportsWorldReport.com). The Spaniard would surely fit in at a Chelsea that has an increasingly strong Spanish influence.
David Villa is another striker that has been linked with a move to Chelsea, but such a move seems unlikely. He would not replace Fernando Torres, and there is little room for him to fit in amongst Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses in midfield.
Another alternative is to recall Romelu Lukaku from his loan at West Bromwich Albion. However, the striker has recently stated that he is happy to stay at the Hawthorns for another year, according to the Daily Mail.