While Radamel Falcao's move to Monaco was undoubtedly a punch in the gut for Chelsea faithful, it won't spell doom for the club as plenty of capable stars are available in the upcoming transfer window.
Falcao's five-year agreement with Monaco was announced on their official site Friday, ending the massive speculation that the 27-year-old striker would join the Blues in the Premier League. It ends a two-year stint at Atletico Madrid, where Falcao reached elite status and saw his name join in on the conversation of the world's best players.
Now with their prized target unavailable, Chelsea will look to fill the void with another elite talent in the transfer market.
Let's take a look at the best players not named Radamel Falcao that Chelsea could end up landing in the summer window.
The 26-year-old has long been speculated to head to England, and it's Chelsea and Tottenham who have most recently courted his services, according to Jamie Sanderson of Metro Sports.
Hulk was a hot commodity in last year's market before signing with Zenit Saint Petersburg in a surprise move for £52 million, but Sanderson says the striker has become unsettled with life in Russia and is looking for a change.
Cue an elite Premier League team in Chelsea with a glaring need at the striker position.
I see Hulk fitting in fantastically with players like Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, which is just what Chelsea need from their future striker. The Blues have struggled in recent years with the inability to play as a unit, and what they need is chemistry between their star players.
The young German isn't nearly as polished as Hulk, but he brings great experience for a 22-year-old and loads of potential.
Schurrle has enjoyed much success for Germany's national team as well as German club Bayer Leverkusen, but Daniel Jones of Metro Sports reported he's not happy with his club and that Chelsea is showing interest.
This is a player who excels with versatility, so he may not be the type of guy who is able to take the starting striker position and run with it. But he'd certainly be a new-age player for Chelsea if he arrived at Stamford Bridge, and one who would only get better with age.
Schurrle had 11 goals for Bayer in Bundesliga play this past season, and if he can bring a similar output to Chelsea, his arrival will be warmly welcomed.
"Replace" Falcao? Gareth Bale would be a tad bit more than a replacement.
Rumors of clubs chasing after Bale have gotten so ridiculous that they're reminding me of that girl in grade school who literally every guy would try to win over. Chelsea is one of the latest clubs to have entered the Bale sweepstakes, according to the Mirror.
It's unclear at this point if Bale will stay in England if he leaves Tottenham, or if he will even leave the Hotspur in the first place. But if he were to jump ship to Chelsea, it would send shockwaves through the entire sport.
Bale is the hottest commodity in this summer window, and whatever club starts the 2013-14 season with him will be incredibly lucky.
If it so happens to be Chelsea, their fans will quickly forget all about Radamel Falcao.
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