Jose Mourinho has set his sights on Monaco forward Radamel Falcao as the January transfer window looms.
The Chelsea boss—who recently saw his Blues side lose to Newcastle and scrape a draw with West Brom—is reportedly looking to drop a significant amount of cash during the winter weeks.
As reported by Alan Nixon of the Mirror, it’s the prolific figure of Falcao who currently tops his wish list:
The Blues boss is going to watch Monaco’s super striker in action for Colombia against highly-rated Belgium on Thursday before considering giving the green light to a British record £60million bid.
Falcao chose the tax haven in the summer when Chelsea were among his other admirers, but whispers of a potential quick move out of France have emerged.
Falcao’s record has remained explosive since moving from Atletico Madrid to the French principality.
Despite Monaco’s recent loss to Lille and draw with Evian, results that have seen Claudio Ranieri's team drop from the Ligue 1 summit down to third, Falcao’s run of goals suggests he can adapt to any championship in the world.
The 27-year-old’s nine goals in 13 games for the Stade Louis II side, recorded by WhoScored.com, is enough to catch the interest of Europe’s top clubs.
While Real Madrid’s name continues to be linked with the striker, reported by Simon Rice of The Independent, Mourinho needs an all-out goalscorer to improve his side’s chances of landing silverware.
Current strikers Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have just three goals between them in the Premier League season.
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Mourinho has been forced to rely on the output of his creative midfielders and doesn’t have a regular goalscorer who can thrust Chelsea to positive results even when they are playing badly, like Sergio Aguero at Manchester City, Robin van Persie at Manchester United or Luis Suarez at Liverpool.
Falcao’s willingness to hold the ball up, combined with his aerial prowess and lethal finishing ability, is exactly what the London club need to advance their play. Mourinho is clamouring for a figure who can be as influential as Didier Drogba during his second era, but that is likely to come at a huge cost.
However, should Falcao or any new signing quickly bang the goals in, that sum is likely to be quickly repaid through success.