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Chelsea & Man City Told to Pay £48m for Atletico Madrid Striker Radamel Falcao

Premier League big spenders told to dig deep for Colombian.

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Radamel Falcao will be allowed to leave Atletico Madrid if either Manchester City or Chelsea stump-up the £48million demanded by by the club’s chiefs in Spain.

City boss Roberto Mancini flew to Spain to check on the striker at the weekend. And the Italian saw the Colombian hotshot score his eighth goal of the La Liga season as Atletico beat Malaga 2-1.

In-demand Falcao scored 36 goals last season and the fee received for his transfer would clear the club’s mounting debts.

But with a price-tag as lofty as £48m, the list of clubs with the financial clout to buy him is limited to just City and European champions Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

So there you have it. Atletico Madrid are ready to entertain offers for 26 year old goal machine Radamel Falcao. Expect a flood of offers but with an asking price such as this there will only be a few sides in European football who can, and will, make such an offer. Chelsea and Man City are two of those sides.

Clearly Roberto Mancini has more than enough in the way of quality attackers but since when has that been an obstacle to Etihad Stadium spending. When players of the calibre of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko are left kicking their heels on the bench you know something is not quite right.

The addition of a player of Radamel Falcao’s quality would surely mean Mancini would have to consider selling one or two of his big name strikers.

Chelsea on the other hand have a far greater need for a new striking option. Currently Fernando Torres is working his hardest to recover from a shocking start to his Blues career and has scored six goals in 12 games in all competitions this term but the only other recognised forward Roberto Di Matteo possesses is Daniel Sturridge, a player he has previously not shown a lot of faith in (dropping the England man from both FA Cup and Champions League finals last season).

Of course one can not discount Ligue 1 big spenders PSG or indeed either of the La Liga’s ‘Big Two’ but it does appear that the words of the Vicente Calderon’s general manager will usher in another big name sale, something fans of Atletico are getting all too used to.

The likes of Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan have all made similar exits in recent seasons.

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