According to reports from Spanish press AS, Chelsea have just had a scouting team return from Spain having watched Radamel Falcao turn out for his Atletico Madrid side once again, ahead of their proposed January move for the striker.

26-year-old Falcao has been Chelsea's number one target for sometime now in their search for a new striker and after the latest scouting mission, it seems that a bid is imminent. 

The Colombian however is currently going through a small goal drought for his standards, having failed to find the net in 6 consecutive matches, although this is unlikely to put off Roman Abramovich's Chelsea, who have been admiring the normally free scoring front man for quite some time now.

£40 million is the fee expected from Madrid that will seal the deal and although Chelsea have other options, it seems they are ready to splash out of Falcao in a desperate attempt to find a goal scoring striker, with out of form Fernando Torres seemingly coming to an end to his Chelsea career as patience wears thin.

Atletico were beaten comfortably 2-0 by Real Madrid during this particular mission and Falcao was left looking frustrated come the final whistle, although a good early run in La Liga still see's Falcao's side sitting second in the league. 

The Colombian International is rated as one of the best out and out strikers in the world right now and offers everything you'd want from your front man, being a great finisher, excellent in the air, strong and good on the ball. Even after a recent quiet spell, he has still managed to find the net on 14 occasions already this season and has been prolific up until now. 

You can expect Chelsea to move fast on this deal as soon as the window opens and be assured that negotiations will already be in the early stages, they'll want to get this deal done, otherwise they'll need time to work on their alternative options in the four week time period that the window stays open for.