As Chelsea prepares to find a way to rid itself of Fernando Torres over the course of the upcoming summer transfer window, the need for a new striker at Stamford Bridge will invariably present itself.
According to the Daily Mail and Nick Harris, big changes could be in store for the Blues that will also have sweeping effects on two other clubs—Atletico and Liverpool—both of whom could be connected to the string that brings Falcao to Stamford Bridge.
The connection between the clubs appears to be Madrid's willingness to see Falcao move on—as long as Liverpool strong man Luis Suarez is prepared to head back to the Spanish league in the process.
Here's an excerpt from Harris' piece, chronicling what could be a three-way situation of movement this summer:
Chelsea want to buy one of the world's most prolific strikers, Radamel Falcao, from Atletico Madrid. The Spanish club lie second in La Liga, just ahead of Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.
Atletico are virtually certain to qualify for next season's Champions League. The club's directors are planning to cash in on Colombia International Falcao at peak value and replace him with Liverpool's Suarez.
Although nothing is set in stone just yet, it's clear from earlier reports and club sources that Chelsea values Falcao ahead of a number of other players who are certain to be available this summer in a potential transfer:
Manchester City are also interested in Falcao, valued by his club at around €43 million. But Chelsea are front-runners because Atletico want to make a permanent signing of Chelsea's Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan.
That might make for an interesting situation between the two clubs, particularly because Courtois is one of 22 current Blues out on loan. If the Blues want Falcao, it might cost them a goalkeeper that has generated a lot of buzz in the football community over the past few months.
In any event, signing Falcao away from Atletico is a smart move, and one that should remain at the top of the club's wish list when offers are to be made this summer.
A talented striker who first came to fame with River Plate, Falcao is one of the top scorers in the world this season. He's also a big reason why his side sits in second place in the La Liga standings, and likely a reason for any climb to the top of Copa Del Rey.
As noted by this FCBarcelona Twitter account, Falcao finds himself in an elite group of scoring forwards—right behind men considered to be the greatest of all time:
Most official goals this season (club+country, top6 leagues): Messi 55 - C.Ronaldo 43 - Ibrahimovic 32 - Falcao 31 - Jackson, L.Suarez 30.— FCBarcelona (@BarcaStat) March 8, 2013
Any such signing would likely pave the way for a Torres exit, since he has been astonishingly ineffective since joining the Blues and hasn't earned the keep that his wages suggest he should be producing.
Chelsea won't be alone in facing competition to land Falcao.
Manchester City has already been mentioned in this piece as a potential suitor, and Arsenal could be in play too (as mentioned by Fox Sports), as Arsene Wenger looks to add an element of dynamic scoring to his struggling club.
There's a lot of time for both the interested clubs, and Falcao himself, to push for a different outcome. No matter what happens between now and then, Chelsea will remain interested in a difference maker it thought was coming to town when Torres was acquired not too long ago.