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Chelsea are ready to sacrifice Romelu Lukaku to help fund a mega-money summer move for superstar strikers Radamel Falcao or Diego Costa.

The Blues hope to bank around £20m by flogging Belgian Lukaku, 20, with Atletico Madrid keen.And they plan to plough the money into a bid for a world class striker.

The Blues are considering long-term target Falcao again after learning his move to Monaco has already turned sour.

Falcao joined Moncao last summer for £50m but is understood to be disillusioned in France.

The Colombian hitman is currently sidelined after suffering a serious knee injury last week.

But he could be back as soon as June after being given a 50 per cent chance of recovering in time to make the World Cup in Brazil.

Chelsea would almost certainly have to break their transfer record – the £50m they paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011 – to land Falcao.

Though some at Stamford Bridge are believed to have reservations about splashing out such a huge sum on a striker who turns 28 next month.

Atletico striker Costa is the other leading striker candidate on Mourinho’s shortlist.

Costa, 25, has a £32m buyout clause.

But Lukaku – who is currently on loan at Everton – could be used as a makeweight in Chelsea’s bid to land him ahead of Arsenal.

Mourinho insisted this week that goalkeeper Thibaut Cortuois, who has spent three seasons on loan at Atletico, won’t be involved in any potential transfer and will be returning to Chelsea in the summer.

Despite 26 goals in 37 starts and 16 substitute appearances during loan spells at West Brom and Everton in the last two seasons Mourinho remains unconvinced Lukaku has what it takes to lead the line for Chelsea.The pair also had a public spat earlier this season over why he was loaned out again this season.

Mourinho is now willing to let him leave, knowing the money could come in handy.

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