Roberto Di Matteo today declared "any manager" would want Radamel Falcao in their team as he admitted Chelsea may need reinforcements up front in January.
Speculation that the European champions are set to move for Atletico Madrid sensation Falcao has reached fever pitch, with reports claiming they could even launch a £48million bid when the transfer window reopens.
Blues boss Di Matteo stuck to his policy of not discussing the club's transfer plans when quizzed on Falcao this afternoon but also said: "If you ask any manager, he would have him in his team."
He added: "He is one of the best strikers, probably, in European and world football.
"His ratio of goals per game is quite impressive, not just this season but over the last three seasons, at Porto and Atletico Madrid."
Chelsea are set to lose Nigeria star Victor Moses in January for the 2013 African Nations Cup, leaving them short of back-up for Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge.
"We're looking at that, because we'll lose Victor and John Obi Mikel for that tournament," Di Matteo said.
"We'll look and see how we deal with it, but for the moment we're okay."