Thursday see's the arrival of the most significant news regarding Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao, it has been confirmed by a number of top sources that he will become a Chelsea player in January, as the Blues are ready to meet his £48 million buyout clause.

It has been rumoured since the summer that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants to sign Falcao, but their has been concerns over the striker's high release clause and whether the Russian Billionaire is prepared to pay it.

Today's fresh news would suggest that he is more than ready to dig deep into his pocket and stretch out to sign the 26-year-old, as Chelsea are suffering a striker shortage. 

Fernando Torres is the only out an out striker available and he is certainly off key at the moment, sparking concerns amongst the Chelsea camp that they are not confident enough to rely on him re-discovering his deadly finesse once again. Although Torres has been scoring this season (4 goals in 8 matches), there are questions over his attitude and his ability to provide a finish, thus lacking confidence in front of goal.

Confidence being something that Colombian marksman Falcao is certainly not short of at the moment, he has been scoring for fun this season, getting 12 goals in 8 games and looks more deadlier that ever. Rated right up the top alongside Ronaldo and Lionel Messi there is no doubting that his name strikes fear amongst opposing players and coaches.

It looks almsot certain that the player will become a Chelsea man come January with Falcao himself stating in a recent interview that he wasn't interested in staying in La Liga and that the Champions of Europe are in the Premier League. 

Some sources in the UK and Spain are even suggesting that personal terms have been agreed between the player and the club, in what has been a 'behind the closed doors' transfer deal. However, it is more realistic that this is not the case as yet, but it is only a matter of time.

Manchester City are also interested in Falcao and could attempt to spoil the party, but realistically this is all but a done deal and we will more than likely be witnessing the prolific Falcao turning out at Stamford Bridge in the new year. Some would say, a Christmas present from Abramovich to manager Roberto Di Matteo, and what a gift it will be for the young Italian manager.