Chelsea and Man City handed boost in transfer pursuit

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao

Manchester City and Chelsea have been handed a major boost in their attempts to sign Radamel Falcao in the summer.

According to TalkSport, the Columbian striker has a clause in his contract, intended to prevent Real Madrid from bringing him across the Spanish capital.

Falcao, who was in FIFA’s team of the year 2012, has been prolific in Atletico Madrid’s recent success, guiding them to victories in the Europa League and Super Cup last season. Falcao has been Man of the Match for the last two Europa League finals, winning the competition the first time with Porto in 2011.

The Columbian has scored 63 times since joining Atletico Madrid at the start of last season, after his £35m move from Porto. Widely described as one of the finest strikers in the world, Falcao has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid in the summer.

Atletico Madrid have conceded they are unlikely to keep hold of the Columbian next season, but are determined he doesn’t transfer to their local rivals Real. According to AS, a clause in the striker’s contract states the Spanish giants would have to pay a massive £65m to secure his signature, which is rumoured to be £13m more than the amount City or Chelsea would need to pay.

Falcao will be focusing purely on Atletico Madrid this season, with his side battling with Real for 2nd place in La Liga. Atletico travel away to Osasuna on Sunday, where Falcao will be looking to add to his 21 goals this season.

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