Chelsea Scouting Falcao? It's Jackson Martinez Jose Mourinho Should Be Chasing

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2013

It may be the international break, but it hasn't stopped Jose Mourinho from making headlines this week.

Chelsea's Portuguese manager was spotted at Belgium's friendly against Colombia in Brussels on Thursday, carrying out what the Daily Mail describes as a very public scouting mission of striker Radmel Falcao.

The Colombian only joined Monaco from Atletico Madrid in the last transfer window, but it seems Chelsea's interest in the prolific frontman remains unperturbed.

The same Daily Mail article suggests Mourinho is planning a January swoop for Falcao, while The Express reports Fernando Torres could be used as a make-weight to tempt Monaco into selling.

With news of the Blues hunting for a striker to bolster their ranks, it will certainly excite their fans as they look ahead to the club making a concerted effort in the title race in the second part of the campaign.

But are Chelsea chasing the wrong Colombian?

Falcao's record in the past few seasons has been phenomenal, making him one of the world's deadliest strikers, but he would pose a very expensive solution to Chelsea's desire to add to their attacking ranks.

He cost Monaco a reported £50 million just a few months ago, and Les Rouge et Blanc chiefs are expected to demand they receive at least a £10 million mark up on Falcao (as per Daily Mail).

It's a considerable price to pay, especially for a player who showed little desire to move to West London in the summer, choosing the riches of Monaco instead.

We're not privy to exact details of that deal, but joining a club outside of the Champions League and in a league much less competitive than the Premier League—or even remaining in La Liga—suggests financial reward played a big part in his decision.

It doesn't speak too much for his character or his ambitions, and it outlines the risk Chelsea would be taking on, especially when other talented strikers could be available for a fraction of the price.

One of those is Falcao's international teammate, Jackson Martinez, who incidentally replaced him as a substitute against the Belgians.

The 27-year-old is enjoying another excellent season with Porto, scoring seven goals in nine games to help his team top the table.

He has been resident at the Estadio do Dragao since 2012 and has made quite an impression. His name is now being linked with a move outside of Portugal, so if Chelsea are hunting a striker, he could be their man.

Whereas a move to Stamford Bridge for Falcao will be just another rung on the ladder to even more riches, Martinez is a man desperate to make his mark on the big stage having arrived in Europe relatively late in his career.

He's been given a chance by Porto, of which he has taken, and now he's looking for another challenge.

Chelsea's most successful years, especially since Roman Abramovich arrived, have been built around signing players who are looking to make their name—not those who are already stars.

Martinez fits the bill in that regard and it seems he also has the talent to act upon it, too.

The Blues have moved away from big money, marquee signings in the mould of Falcao as they bid to rediscover success. Now's not the time to turn their back on that policy, either.

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @garryhayes

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