Blues hope to lure Falcao to Stamford Bridge in January.
Chelsea’s hopes of landing Rademel Falcao have been boosted after Manchester City turned down the chance to bid for the Colombian striker.
Sunday Mirror Sport can reveal that Atletico Madrid General Manager Migel Angel Gil Marin and Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes met with City’s new sporting director Txiki Begiristan after the champions’ 2-1 win over Spurs last week.
Both men arrived at the Etihad without receiving an invitation from City and were told that Roberto Mancini’s interest in Falcao would not be firmed up with an offer.
Cash-strapped Atletico were hoping that a bidding war between City and Chelsea would force up the price of a player who has a £28million release clause in his contract.
City’s stance may alter if they can find a buyer for Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window.
Milan giants – Inter and AC – have shown interest but City’s current position means Chelsea have no competition for a player who scored a hat-trick against them in August’s European Super Cup.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Chelsea are clear favourites to land Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao in January, after Premier League Champions Man City pulled out of the running.
There are few clubs on the planet who can afford the Colombian striker, with City and Chelsea certainly among them, so the news that Roberto Mancini does not plan to make a mega-bid in January will be music to ears of Roman Ambramovic, Chelsea’s owner.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that City’s interest is not as great as the West Londoners’. Mancini, after all, boasts four world-class strikers at present, with free-scoring Edin Dzeko struggling to make the first-team and Italian maverick Mario Balotelli struggling to make the match-day squad.
Chelsea, by contrast, look weakest up-front, with £50m man Fernando Torres still struggling to find the net and young Englishman Daniel Sturridge looking nowhere near capable of replacing the Spaniard.
A top quality striker in the class of Falcao would make Chelsea a scarily good attacking force, particularly when you consider the triumvirate of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar who would operate just behind the Colombia international.
A lot could depend on Balotelli, however. The Italian is reportedly unhappy at Eastlands and being eyed by AC Milan and Inter Milan. If the 22-year-old demands an exit in January, it could free up funds and a space in the squad for City to pursue Falcao. Now that would be one hell of bidding war!
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