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Capello advises Chelsea on winter striker shopping

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Despite recent reports linking Chelsea to a winter swoop for Arsenal’s summer transfer target, Gonzalo Higuain, ex-England coach Fabio Capello believes that the Blues are more likely to land AS Monaco’s Radamel Falcao than Higuain.

The current Russian coach, Capello, pointed to the paucity of world class strikers who are willing to move in January prior to the World Cup as a possible reason why there may not be much movement among the big names this transfer window. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “There aren’t many strikers who can make the difference in January, but I’d see Radamel Falcao settling in well at Chelsea.”

According to the Italian, Napoli’s inability to find an equivalent for Higuain will be why the Italian club will be reluctant to let him go. “Jose Mourinho already trained Higuain at Real Madrid and knows him well,” he said. “However, Napoli cannot let him leave, unless they have an equally impressive replacement lined up. Selling a player like Higuain would be very problematic.”

If Chelsea heed Capello’s advice and focus their attentions on Falcao instead, they will have to stump up a large fee for the Colombian, considering he moved from Atletico Madrid to the wealthier pastures of AS Monaco for a transfer fee amounting to €60 million. The prolific finisher is at the peak of his career right now, and because he is not cup tied for the Champions League, Chelsea will be in a position to heighten their ambitions for this season, if they can complete the signing of Falcao.

Capello also addressed rumors linking him to the previously vacant Tottenham job saying that he has had no contact with the club. He said, “Job with Tottenham? Everyone knows I worked with Franco Baldini at Roma and Real Madrid, but there was never any contact with them. I want to continue this project with Russia.”