Stamford Bridge side given impetus to make offer for Colombian international.
Chelsea have been given a massive boost in their pursuit of Colombian forward Radamel Falcao as Spanish source AS claim that Atletico Madrid are so keen to avoid losing their star striker to their local rivals that they are willing to accept LESS from the Stamford Bridge side than from the Bernabeu outfit.
Roman Abramovich can trigger the 27 year old former FC Porto striker’s clause with a bid of €60m (£51m) whereas Real Madrid would have to offer as much as €75 (£64m). This may be the kind of incentive that the Russian billionaire would find hard to ignore in his chase for a ‘Marquee’ signing this summer.
Falcao has been in fine form this term, netting 27 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions following on from the 36 he managed in his debut season.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo may well be resigned to having to cash-in on the in-form forward but knows that selling to Real Madrid would result in more than a fair bit of anger from the Los Rojiblancos supporters and a move to sell Falcao to a Premier League side, especially for such a big sum, would certainly be preferable.
Chelsea could well do with a prolific forward to spearhead their attack and Fernando Torres doesn’t appear to be the man for the job and January signing Demba Ba is perhaps not a big enough name for Abramovich’s liking.