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Radamel Falcao is top target to strengthen Chelsea's attack
14 March 2012
Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is among the strikers Chelsea are looking at for next season but top of their list of transfer targets is Colombia international Radamel Falcao.
Standard Sport understands Chelsea’s principal objective is to strengthen their forward line with the 26-year-old, who joined Atletico Madrid from Porto last August for £35million.
Falcao has impressed during his first season in Spain, scoring 20 goals for his new club and proving he can deliver in a major European league following two excellent campaigns in Portugal, where last season his coach was former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Although Atletico would be reluctant to sell a player they captured just last summer, they will be vulnerable if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. Currently, the team managed by Diego Simeone are eighth in the table, four points adrift of fourth-placed Malaga.
Falcao’s pace, strength and accurate finishing make him one of the most coveted forwards in today’s game, along with Cavani.
The Napoli forward is admired by Chelsea and has also impressed Manchester City and Tottenham having scored 57 goals in 82 matches for the Serie A club.
The Uruguayan scored three times in two Champions League group matches against City and followed that with the second goal in Napoli’s 3-1 first-leg victory over the Blues.
Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik form one of the most fluent attacks left in the Champions League, and the team have scored in every one of the seven games they have contested in the competition.
Chelsea have watched Cavani on several occasions this season while both Spurs and City have also kept a close eye on the 25-year-old.
Cavani is Napoli’s top earner but is thought to be keen to increase his salary to between £4m and £5m per year — a figure outside Napoli’s current wage structure.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed yesterday it would take “crazy money” for him to sell Cavani while the player himself denied the matter was a distraction.
“As for questions about my future and other issues, these are things that don’t concern me; they concern other people,” he said. “All I am thinking is about trying to help Napoli into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
“We already have experience playing in England. We played at Manchester City during the group stages, where we saw a great stadium and passionate supporters. The only thing we can do at this moment is concentrate on tonight’s game.”
Napoli’s supporters are some of the most fanatical in Italy, and about 2,700 have travelled to England on the club’s official trip. There is, however, a possibility that many more will arrive without tickets, although Chelsea have been working with local police to manage any potential problems.
Former UEFA referee Fernand Meese, a Belgian who is an expert on security, has been offering advice to officials and he is expected to attend tonight’s match.
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