Could Manchester City be the surprise winners in the race for Radamel Falcao?

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Chelsea and Manchester United have led Premiership interest in the striker until now, but Manchester City have the resources to sign Falcao, and are likely to need a striker this summer.

Whoever is in charge at Manchester City at the start of next season, they will probably have dipped into the transfer market for a new striker over the summer. Mario Balotelli left the club in January, and Edin Dzeko could well move at the end of the season.

Given they wanted to sign Robin Van Persie last summer when they still had those two players, the desire for another class forward seems clear.

Radamel Falcao is almost certain to be on the move somewhere this summer, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and SPG all long-standing admirers of the Colombian, and Manchester United reportedly ratcheting up their interest in recent weeks. Manchester City have also been linked with the player, and given their resources they will surely figure in a bidding war for Falcao should it develop.

Having been beaten to the signing of Van Persie by their neighbours last summer, Manchester City will be keen to ensure they do not lose out again if they do go in for Falcao. With the Colombian's fee likely to be around the £50million mark, this should be a transfer battle where they will have the edge, with their resources seemingly yet to the shackled by the prospect of Financial Fair Play regulations.

If they are left with just Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero in their attack, they will need to enter the market to add some quality and depth to their line-up. Edinson Cavani is another player that has been mentioned, but the Uruguayan could be even more expensive than Falcao, and so far given little to indicate he is looking to leave Napoli.

Conversely Falcao seems destined for a departure this summer, with Atletico Madrid looking for a big money move to soothe some of their financial issues. So far Manchester United and Chelsea have been at the forefront of Premier League interest, but it would not be surprising at all if the Colombian ends up at the Etihad next season.

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