Attacking reinforcements are the main concern for Chelsea as the summer transfer window ticks down into its closing stages before Monday's deadline.
Jose Mourinho is hoping to bring in a replacement for Fernando Torres after the club's official Twitter account confirmed the striker would join Milan on a two-year loan:
Diego Costa and Didier Drogba currently reside as the main options at Stamford Bridge, but one can expect the west Londoners to make at least one more move before their business comes to a close.
Loic Remy may finally get the big move away from Loftus Road he's understood to have been yearning for after Jason Burt of the Telegraph reported that the Blues have opened talks with QPR's star forward.
Considering the financial difficulty of Torres' deal, a move that will see Chelsea earn no recognisable return on their £50 million investment, Remy would be a smart purchase, as he's believed to be available for just £8.5 million.
However, Huw Davies of FourFourTwo doesn't buy into the hype:
Earlier in August, Hoops boss Harry Redknapp was quoted by BBC Sport in stating his intention to keep hold of Remy's services:
"I want to keep him, the chairman wants him to stay, and we hope that he does stay. When I looked at what he was going to go for to Liverpool, it was a fantastic buy for Liverpool at that money. So their loss is our gain I think."
In the end, Liverpool signed Mario Balotelli in attack, but Redknapp will be disappointed to see another European giant lurking, hoping to tempt his player with a promise of Champions League football.
It's believed that Remy may not have been the Blues' primary target as Torres' replacement, however, after the club was rejected in its pursuit of Roma sensation Mattia Destro.
Chelsea were being linked with the Giallorossi forward, but Metro's Hannah Duncan quoted Roma president James Pallotta in issuing a clear "hands-off" stamp on his player:
"Destro is absolutely not for sale and never has been. We receive offers continually, because he’s a great player, but we have no intention of selling him. He’ll stay 100 per cent and we close an excellent transfer market."
Roma have just lost Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich and so won't be keen on another big departure, but beIN Sport's Tancredi Palmeri insists Chelsea may still have hope, despite Pallotta's warning:
A young and talented Serie A asset, Destro could be a perfect fit among Chelsea's forwards with Drogba and Costa to act in something of a mentor capacity.
That being said, Roma are heading into a season where they'll hope to pose as title competition for Juventus, and the late hour of the deal makes it highly unlikely.
New hope has been given to Radamel Falcao's suitors after it came to light that the Colombian may indeed leave Monaco this summer, with ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney mentioning Chelsea as one of several major outfits interested in a move.
If he wants to leave, in the case he wants to, it's because he wants to try a new life, a new club, probably a new league. So if he wants to leave, which until this moment I have not one single word about, I believe that is to try to be happier than he was in the last couple of years.
This is a very human club in the way the club approaches this kind of situation. If he comes to us in these last couple of days, any possibility would be analysed by us as a club and the best decision for him.
Robin Bairner of Goal.com confirmed that Falcao will at least be in the Monaco squad for Saturday's fixture against Lille, possibly his last appearance for the French Riviera outfit:
One thing for certain is that Chelsea won't be the only club looking to sign the South American superstar, with talk that Monaco would be willing to loan their player out for €20 million.
Such a fee would be within Chelsea's reach after taking Torres off their wage bill, but whether or not the club would be willing to settle for a temporary move is another question.
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