“I Want That One!” Etihad Stadium boss in talks to sign Atletico Madrid hot-shot.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini makes move for Atlético Madrid’s Colombian striker Radomel Falcao
Roberto Mancini is understood to have met with representatives of Radomel Falcao to persuade the £45 million striker to join
The City manager flew to Madrid to speak to Jorge Mendes. Falcao, the 26-year-old Colombian, is expected to leave Atlético Madrid at the end of this season. More than one meeting has taken place, which suggests City are pushing hard to outmanoeuvre Chelsea and Real Madrid.
It appears that Mancini is driving the deal and he has also revived his interest in Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.
Falcao wants a $6 million (£5 million) salary after tax, which means around double that in gross terms, so the full cost would be around £85 million.
£85m is quite some outlay given that Man City have four international class strikers to call upon.
Roberto Mancini clearly feels that the players he currently has are not pulling their weight, this despite the fact that the Italian has handed top scorer Edin Dzeko just three Premier League starts, with the Bosnian scoring goals in the process.
Radamel Falcao is a much sought after striker right now, scoring goals for fun in La Liga but the Colombian may well not be ready to leave the Vicente Calderon quite so soon. He has helped Diego Simeone’s side to mount a genuine title challenge and though Atletico Madrid are well known for cashing in on their talents the Spanish side may be in no hurry to sell at this present time.
The 26 year old former FC Porto man netted 36 goals last term and has already racked up 13 goals in nine matches this season.
Mancini has the likes of the aforementioned Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli to call upon at present.
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