Are Manchester City winning the fight for Falcao?

Manchester City target Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao will be allowed to leave club this summer, according to the club’s officials.

The Colombian goal machine has netted an incredible 34 goals in all competitions this term and has subsequently become Europe’s most wanted man as the top elite clubs across the continent jostle into position in the race to secure his services this summer.

Currently it is understood Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus and Monaco are vying for his preference this summer and he, effectively, has his pick of the richest clubs in the world, upon his imminent departure from the Spanish capital.

Atletico Madrid seem resigned to losing him after general manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin told reporters in Singapore:

"We promised if he helps us to qualify for the Champions League, Atletico will support all his decisions."

Falcao is currently valued between £40 million and £50 million ruling out a move to a number of less affluent clubs – it’s a tussle now between the continent’s elite to sign the player who will likely render whoever signs him the favourites in their domestic league and in the Champions League next term.

Reports emerging in Spain this week have hinted that Manchester City are the leaders in the race to sign him presently – it’s understood that reports of him having agreed to sign for Monaco last week were unsubstantiated.

Earlier on this season it seemed likely the striker would join Chelsea and reports this year suggested he will be Jose Mourinho’s marquee signing should he return to Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid released a statement on Monday evening revealing Mourinho will definitely be departing from the Bernabeu this summer but it remains to be seen whether he will in fact reunite with the Blues.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have thrown themselves into the mix in recent weeks, following a disappointing season for striker Wayne Rooney who handed in a transfer request two weeks ago.

Rooney’s potential departure from Old Trafford leaves a gap for either Falcao or Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to fill with the Polish striker expected to command a fee around £30 million which will leaky make him new boss David Moyes’ preference should he require the services of a new striker.

Meanwhile, City sacked manager Roberto Mancini last week and are expected to announce his replacement imminently, widely reported to be Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini who is regarded as one the best practitioners in the game.

Falcao is reportedly more interested in working with Pellegrini than Mourinho and has his heart now set on move to the Etihad. According to reports in The Mirror, a £54 million fee between City and Athletico Madrid has already been unofficially ‘agreed’.

City are expected to sell Carlos Tevez this summer following the departure in January of Mario Balotelli meaning they will likely require the services of another forward to compete with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko who are also linked with potential moves away from the Etihad.

Whoever goes out, one thing’s for sure this summer, if City want to reclaim the title from United and make a genuine challenge for the Champions League next term, signing Radamel Falcao would be one way to do it.

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