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Chelsea warded off by incredible £168m valuation

Radamel Falcao

The Football Transfer Tavern is quiet today as punters relax around the snooker table in preparation for the return of the Premier League at the weekend.

However the latest reports regarding a top quality striker have heightened interest from Chelsea supporters in the bar.

Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri has told potential suitors, including Chelsea and Real Madrid, that striker Radamel Falcao will cost £168 million if he were to leave the Ligue 1 club in January, according to today’s Metro.

The former Atletico Madrid man, who only made the switch to big-spending Monaco during the summer, supposedly remains a prime transfer target for Jose Mourinho, while Jose’s former club Real Madrid have also insisted they are chasing the striker earlier this week.

But despite the number of possible suitors growing, the Stade Louis II-based club maintain that their star forward will not come cheap.

“If Gareth Bale is €100million then how much is Falcao? He is €200million [£168million],” said Ranieri.

Falcao has started his campaign with Monaco in fine form following his transfer from the Vicente Calderon in May with seven goals in his first nine matches to help his new side to the top of the Ligue 1 table.

However recent reports have suggested that the Colombian international striker is not enjoying life in France and would consider a transfer during the upcoming January transfer window. Monaco are worried about tax issues over his transfer that could see them cashing in on the 27-year-old.

It is suggested in the tavern that Falcao would suit the requirements for a world class striker at Stamford Bridge, while Madrid are seeking reinforcements in attack with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez another known option to replace misfiring Karim Benzema at the Bernabeu.

Do Chelsea really stand a chance of landing the world class forward? Let us know your thoughts below.

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