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Chelsea out of the running for Inter star

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The list of potential options to back up Diego Costa at Chelsea continues to shrink. On Thursday, rumored target Mauro Icardi became the latest name scratched off of the list, as the player agreed to an extension with Inter Milan that runs through 2019. Frankly, I'm ok with that, as Icardi wasn't anywhere near the top of my transfer wishlist.

The Icardi news follows Paulo Dybala's transfer to Juventus, which removed another young South American striker from the list of potential strikers. Antoinne Griezmann has also been a name often linked to Chelsea, but both manager Jose Mouriniho and the player himself have looked to put that rumor to rest.

With both Icardi and Dybala off the market, a potential move for Monaco's Radamel Falcao would appear to be a bit more realistic. I'd still be extremely wary of the fiances involved in that sort of deal, but the Blues have plenty of money to spend, and can probably afford a bit of risk, as long as it's on a short-term deal.