Jose Mourinho is back in the hunt for Radamel Falcao as he looks for Chelsea’s next number nine.

The Blues boss is going to watch Monaco’s super striker in action for Colombia against highly-rated Belgium on Thursday before considering giving the green light to a British record £60million bid.

Falcao chose the tax haven in the summer when Chelsea were among his other admirers, but whispers of a potential quick move out of France have emerged.

Chelsea spies have been watching Falcao in case there is a chance, but despite scoring regularly there are concerns within the club that he is not being physically tested enough in the French league to judge him.

The Special One is keen to see how Falcao performs against Belgium’s big, strong side - a perfect preparation for playing in the Premier League.

Buying Falcao - and finding a way round his wages - make it a difficult transfer to pull off. But above all Mourinho wants to be sure Falcao is up to the demands of English football.

Mourinho wanted a top striker in the summer, failing to land Wayne Rooney or Robert Lewandwoski and settling for veteran Samuel Eto’o.

But it is still a missing piece of his jigsaw and Falcao is one of the major candidates for the vacancy, either in January or next summer.

Falcao is eligible for the Champions League this season which is another reason why Mourinho is dropping everything to see him now.