Blow for Chelsea as Manchester City meet with £50m striker target over summer switch

Radamel Falcao

Manchester City have reportedly met with Monaco striker Falcao over a summer move to the Etihad Stadium - which will serve as a huge blow to Chelsea.

The Colombian hitman has been goalscoring machine since arriving in Europe from River Plate back in 2009, as Porto harnessed his attacking prowess. 72 goals in 87 games for the Portuguese giants led to a huge move to Atletico Madrid in 2011, where the goals kept on flowing, this time hitting 70 goals in 90 games to establish himself as one of the top strikers on the continent.

When it became apparent that he would leave Atletico Madrid after a two-year spell with the club, Falcao seemingly had the pick of any club in the world. Real Madrid and Chelsea were linked with a move for him, but he bizarrely chose a move to France to newly-promoted Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Funded by Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco went on a summer spending spree and their marquee capture was Falcao. Whilst he is currently sidelined following a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, Falcao has kept up his goalscoring feats, hitting 11 goals in 19 games - but the interest in him continues.

Whilst it's once again Chelsea and Real Madrid most strongly linked with taking the hotshot striker away from Monaco in the summer, they could be gazumped - by Manchester City.

Manuel Pellegrini's men seem like the last team who would need a striker, with Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic all competing for places in the City frontline, but reports suggest that sporting director Txiki Begiristain met with the player and his agent in Madrid on Tuesday night.

Reports also suggest that Monaco owner Rybolovlev was also in attendance, sparking rumours that City are about to get their chequebook out again to bring a world star to the Premier League - and frustrate Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in the process.

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