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Real Madrid are confident of securing the signing of red hot striker Radamel Falcao with a lucrative Â£45 million bid. Falcao has been in the form of his life with Atletico Madrid over the last couple of seasons, scoring 40 goals in his last 48 games in La Liga for them. His meteoric rise has also prompted interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester City for a while now.
Chelsea in particular have long had the Colombian striker in their sights but will now need to re-consider their options as Madrid have emerged favourites to sign the 26 year old. It is believed the Falcao himself fancies a move to his derby rivals Real Madrid and that Jose Mourinho is close to luring him to the club. Also, it will be interesting to see if Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is open to meet his Â£45 million release clause, having spent 50 million pounds on struggling striker Fernando Torres previously.
This latest development will come as a big blow to the European Champions Chelsea who are in grave need of a striker to bolster their forward line and stay in the contention for the English Premier League title. It remains to be seen though as to which player Abramovich targets next, should he fail in his pursuit of Falcao.
Falcao's stakes are rising by the day as he continues to pelt the back of the net and we might see a rival bid even from English champions Manchester City after the Colombian striker scored an astonishing 5 goals in his team's 6-0 win over Deportivo at the weekend.
While Falcao's destination is still uncertain, one can be rest assured that Atletico Madrid will not be in a position to retain the player of this quality should big offers arrive. Meanwhile, Falcao remains intent on his job at hand with Atletico and has helped his team stay ahead of rivals Real in the La Liga standings, in second place behind leaders Barcelona.
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