The Roman Abramovich Russian empire is building at Stamford Bridge and they have all but confirmed the deal that will see prolific marks man Radamel Falcao join from Atletico Madrid in January. The 26-year-old is currently one of the most sought after strikers in the world and is scoring goals for fun in La Liga.

Chelsea are favourites to land the invalid signature when the transfer window re-opens in January and judging by the latest reports, the deal is all but completed. Falcao himself reportedly hinted at the move in an interview over the weekend when talking about his transfer situation, stating that 'The European Champions were in England' thus ruling out a move to Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City, who are all amongst a large group of clubs currently attempting to bring the player in.

Further reports this morning suggested that Falcao was already talking to apparent future team mate, Chelsea's eccentric defender David Luiz, the pair have been connecting via Twitter after Falcao 'followed' his fellow South American compatriot.

As well as this, it has been suggested on Monday that Atletico Madrid have began to seek replacement strikers in advance to Falcao's move, with Manchester United's out of favour striker Javier Hernandez being their number one target. The goal poaching Mexican has suffered a severe lack of playing time at Old Trafford this season with Sir Alex Ferguson opting to use Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and new signing Robin Van Persie instead.

The fee is said to be around £45 million for Falcao and there was talk that Chelsea were weighing up cheaper options instead, but the latest reports suggest that they are prepared to splash out to get their man, with the need for a natural finisher seemingly more and more important for them every day.

With the amount of flair and creativity working in the attacking midfield section of the squad, it is said that they now need someone up top to finish the creative moves, whilst also being short in numbers of natural strikers.