Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has opened the door for a move to France, by declaring his admiration of Paris Saint-Germain.

The Colombian has been heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks, with the club’s owner Roman Abramovich keen to lure the prolific front-man to the Premier League.

However, they could face opposition in the shape of the big spending Parisians, whose ambitions and location have impressed Falcao:

“France is a marvellous country,” he is quoted by Telefoot via the Daily Mail.

“I’ve been there before, and I love it. PSG have a very ambitious sporting project and they’ve invested a huge amount of money to construct a competitive team. That will need time, but that could come very quickly.

“It’s not impossible that I could be meeting you (the French media) very soon.”

Despite hitting a staggering 17 goals already this term, Falcao would face competition from Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a starting spot.

The 26-year-old believes that the challenge of dislodging the Swede would be one he would relish and that it could help him improve as a player:

“I’ve followed Zlatan’s path. He’s had an incredible career and he has succeeded in every league in which he has played. He is fantastic. He has scored a lot of goals.

“I like being able to compete with this kind of player. But me main objective is to excel and be even better every day.”

Chelsea are said to see Falcao as the ideal long-term replacement for Fernando Torres, who has failed to establish himself at Stamford Bridge.

Atletico are reportedly willing to listen to offers of £45m, a fee the Blues could easily match this summer.

However, PSG, who are bankrolled by investors from Qatar, will be able to offer a similar fee and a highly lucrative contract to lure him to Ligue 1.

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