Chelsea latest: 'Serious' about £52m man, Blues flaws & predicted XI

All the latest news and views surrounding Stamford Bridge, including upcoming trip to West Ham United.

The Express are leading with the headline that Chelsea are 'serious' about landing AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao sooner - like the upcoming transfer window - rather than later, in the summer.

The 27-year-old Colombia international is arguably one of the most adaptable forwards in world football having netted consistently in Argentina, Portugal, Spain and France.

There is little doubt, therefore, that he could replicate his current success - one goal/assist every 112 minutes in Ligue 1 - for striker-hungry Chelsea who, LeSport10 claim, have a higher chance of signing him than other European cash-rich clubs like Manchester City or Real Madrid for two reasons.

  1. Monaco want to relieve some financial burden from their wage bill.
  2. There is a good relationship between club owners Dmitry Rybolovlev and Roman Abramovich due to a Russian billionaire bond.

France may well be a country the Blues have designs on looting more than once as the Express claim the West London side are after Paris Saint Germain teenager Adrien Rabiot, who is also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, allegedly. However, one would think that because of Arsene Wenger's links with young French talent he may well have a lock on him.

Chelsea have not won a Premier League game all month and the blips suffered to West Bromwich Albion (2-2) and Newcastle United (2-0 loss) have given Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confidence: 'Newcastle frustrated Chelsea and started the process of winning that game by keeping a clean sheet and scoring a free-kick then sucked them in and hit them on the break for the second,' he is quoted to have said by Sky Sports.

'With that result for Chelsea, there's a chance to see where their weaknesses lie. But anything less than top form for all of our players would make life difficult for us. We will have to produce the end product because chance creation will be harder.'

Big Sam also believes he has a big difference-maker in his team, as he told The Mirror: 'Ravel's blessed with talent,' Allardyce said. 'He flashed a bit of that talent out in that training session. We all know his ability has started to be applied in the right way [but] there's still a massive room for improvement. There's still better to come. There's still more I demand.'

And finally, Here Is The City columnist Alan Dawson published his predicted Chelsea XI for this weekend's action earlier today, Thursday. Click here to find out who he selected, and why. If you disagree, send him abuse…

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