Date: 24th April 2013 at 4:00pm
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Mario Gomez could be Chelsea’s first alternative should a deal for Atletico Madrid’s Radamel Falcao fall through, according to the Daily Express newspaper.

The tedious Falcao saga persistently rears its head at every opportunity and he goes from being a dead cert to the deal being stone cold dead at regular intervals, with the occasional link with another suitor thrown in for good measure.

He’s long been regarded as our priority as far as the gossip columns in the back pages are concerned but they were also sure we’d sign the likes of Hulk once upon a time, so it’s always best to have a back up option, eh?

Bayern Munich forward Gomez is one of the latest players to be linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as he has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team of the Bundesliga champions this season and could fall even further out of favour after the arrival Pep Guardiola, he just doesn’t strike me as the type of player the former Barcelona coach will be keen on.

Despite being in and out of the team he has still managed to score 16 goals in his 26 appearances and he has played as a substitute in many of those as 9 of his 17 league matches have been from the bench and four of the six he’s featured in the Champions League, for example.

shotdead World CupI cannot help but feel that the time for Gomez to sign for Chelsea has been and gone from the time we signed Fernando Torres after being linked with him in the January of 2011, but considering the players record of 110 goals in 168 matches for Bayern Munich then it’s not surprising that we’re being linked with the player as an alternative to Falcao as there are certain similarities between the two.

Both players are currently 27 years of age but Gomez would probably cost less than half of what the Colombian’s expected valuation is as reports suggest that the German international will be available for around £25 million. They’re also both out-and-out finishers which will please some but others will probably be happier with a forward that is adept at linking play as well as scoring goals, especially in our formation.

Of course there are plenty of strikers out there and a lot of fans have been discussing the merits of Robert Lewandowski via various mediums but I hear he’s destined for Bayern like his team mate Mario Götze.

I’m not saying that we should definitely go and sign Gomez but at the price he’s arguably better value for money than Falcao, especially as there are rumours circulating that Thibaut Courtois could be used in the deal, and the German probably warmed himself to the Chelsea fans after he helped give Barcelona a taste of their own medicine in last night’s Champions League semi-final.

Source: Daily Express