Chelsea told to double world record to land striker target, De Bruyne and Lukaku reveal Belgium secrets

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A round up of the key news stories about Chelsea this morning.

Chelsea would have to pay close to double the world record transfer fee to sign AS Monaco’s Falcao.

The striker has been linked with Chelsea in the past and has been suggested as a possible attacking option this winter.

However, the Metro has reported that the forward would cost an amazing £168 million if the Blues wanted to try and do a deal for him this January.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he’s keen for his side to have an English core,

The Portuguese coach says he’s looking to develop players from the local area to replace the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard, ensuring Chelsea retains a local identity.

“Ideally it's not just about having British players either, but having players who are made in Chelsea. In three or four years' time, if we don't have other Englishmen to replace this nucleus of players – I will be very sad,” he told the Guardian.

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Chelsea players Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku have revealed the secrets behind Belgium’s recent success.

Belgium have shot up to fifth in the FIFA world rankings, becoming one of the first teams to secure European qualification to the World Cup next summer.

De Bruyne puts Belgium’s progress down to close friendships while Lukaku points out that Belgian youngsters are able to train twice a day from a very basic level.

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