Chelsea are now laying the groundwork to make a serious play for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao in January.Le Sport 10 says instead of holding off until the summer Chelsea will make a pre-emptive strike in the upcoming transfer window in an attempt to bring the hitman to Stamford Bridge.

The relationship between Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev and fellow Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich could smooth the way for a transfer.

Falcao also shares the same agent, Jorge Mendes, as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

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