A number of big sides have been put on alert on Thursday morning as Athletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao has confirmed that the current financial climate in Spain could force him to move abroad, according to a number of reports from the British media.
The Colombian international is in huge demand and is one of the best all-round strikers in the world right now, scoring 10 goals in only 6 appearances this season already. Add that to his impressive 36 strikes last season and you have a world class prolific centre forward.
Chelsea have been chasing Falcao for a couple of seasons now and have been close to landing the 26-year-old on a number of occasions. The player's father himself has even confirmed that he will be going to the Premier League in January, sparking claims from a number of sources that Chelsea has already pre-agreed a deal to sign Falcao.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has Falcao as his number one target in January and is expected to land the striker for around £45 million. The European Champions are currently struggling in that position with only two recognised strikers there. Fernando Torres seems to be slowly redeeming his form of past, whilst Daniel Sturridge is struggling with injuries, so the Blues do want another option up top.
Chelsea have started the season well, currently sitting on top of both the Premier League and their Champions League Group after impressive victories against Arsenal and Nordsjaelland respectively. Their goals are coming from all over the pitch though, even defender Gary Cahill is on 3 goals already this season, add to that the prolific finishing of Radanel Falcao and you have a scary prospect to any competing rival manager.
The Blues are certainly leading the chase for Falcao, but as expected they will face competition from Europe's other rich clubs with Manchester City, Zenit St Petersburg and Paris Saint-Germain all monitoring the situation.