Atletico Madrid admit Falcao might leave

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Spanish side Athletico Madrid have admitted they are open to offers for in-demand forward Radamel Falcao, wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester City.

The striker is thought to be high on the radar of both Manchester City and Chelsea. His Madrid side have suffered financial difficulties in recent seasons and, with the wages they pay to the Colombian, who is the club’s star striker, along with the £48million price-tag they have attached to him, the boss admitted it would be too good an offer to refuse.

Miguel Angel Gil Marin said: "The €60 million for Falcao would solve all the economic problems at Atletico,"

Whilst speculation suggests Roberto Mancini had a lucrative offer turned down in the summer transfer window, the Athletic boss fears that, should his team fail to qualify for the Champion’s League next spring, they might not be able to afford Falcao’s wages.

"If Atletico do not qualify for the Champions League or cannot afford to meet his wage demands then I do not think Real Madrid could afford him either.”

Marin was quick to dismiss rumours that the 26-year-old would be making a move within La Liga, suggesting the striker may find himself in the English Premier League next season.

Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in securing his services, following the summer departure of Didier Drogba.

Whilst they sit top of the table and will be pleased with the return to goal scoring form of Fernando Torres, the Blues will want cover for the Spaniard – should he suffer an injury Daniel Sturridge would be the only out and out replacement, with Victor Moses and 18-year-old Lucas Piazon both more likely to feature on the flanks.

The signing of Falcao in January would send a clear message to Chelsea’s title rivals that they intend to hold on to that top spot.

However, Roberto Mancini’s interest might be dampened by the 25-man squad restrictions – he already has strikers Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, and Edin Dzeko competing for a place up front.

Either way, it’s looks highly likely that Falcao will be playing his football in England next year and will probably be wearing a shade of blue.

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