Despite there being what appears to be a great need for attacking recruitment at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho is refusing to be drawn into making any rash decisions on developing his strike force in January.
According to the Irish Independent's Duncan Bech, the Chelsea manager said that his club won't be making a move for Monaco forward Radamel Falcao in the winter transfer window.
Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have scored just four Premier League goals between them this season while Falcao has translated his fine scoring form from La Liga to Ligue 1.
Altogether, the former Atletico Madrid striker has scored nine goals in 14 games for Claudio Ranieri's side this season and has helped fire Monaco into title contention.
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Although Chelsea are themselves in the running to win the Premier League title, a great deal of the club's 28 goals this term have had to come from midfield and defence—so much so that John Terry lies tied with Eto'o on two league goals.
This falls on the back of news from the Mirror's Paul Gorst that Falcao is currently unhappy and Mourinho had an offer in the works to bring him to West London in January.
The Blues have been repeatedly linked with a move for the Colombian international, despite him only moving to the Ligue 1 side in the summer.
The former Atletico Madrid striker is said to be unhappy with his sub-€7m (£5.8m) earnings in France after signing up for around €14m (£11m).
Monaco is a club that's attracted some of the world's biggest talents on account of their ability to offer players the benefits of the region's loose tax laws.
Another twist in the tale is the common denominator of Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese super-agent to stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez—the latter two of whom are currently at Monaco.
The third significant Monaco talisman on the books of Mendes' agency is none other than Falcao. According to Tim Poole of the Daily Mail, Mourinho is another name popping up on the businessman's list of clients.
It's a small factor in the story, but a factor that tends to bear some meaning in football, with agents often having a big input in where the biggest players end up.
For now at least, it seems as though Mourinho is happy to make the best of his current crop of attacking talents and persevere through the cold of January with what's currently at his disposal.
An honourable tact to take, but is it the smartest route?