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Chelsea set for frustration in pursuit of South American hitman

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Chelsea look set to be frustrated in their pursuit of La Liga super star Radamel Falcao after reports from The Telegraph claim Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has met with the player’s agent in Madrid.

The Colombian hitman was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge by The Daily Star last week after it was claimed Chelsea would move into pole position to sign Falcao – should they agree to let Torres leave as part of the deal.

However, it is now claimed City are looking to beat Chelsea and Real Madrid to the signature of a player who is now arguably the best forward in the world.

Falcao is rumoured to want a £5 million salary after tax – a figure which is well within the powers of by City and Chelsea, however, the player’s agent Jorge Mendes also represents Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinhi which could make the La Liga outfit favourites to land Falcao.

Recent reports from TalkSPORT suggested Atleti were ready to offer the player a new bumper deal in an effort to thwart  the advances of Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich – who was understood to be readying a £38 million move to take Falcao to Stamford Bridge in January.

Those reports claimed the Spanish side were proposing to increase Falcao’s current salary and also add another year to a contract which already runs until the summer of 2016. However, it is now understood Atleti are interested in bringing Torres back to the Vicente Calderon and see him as a direct replacement for Falcao.

It is clear Chelsea would have to let Torres return to the Vicente Calderon if they have any hope of bringing Falcao to Stamford Bridge, however, City would also have to sell in their efforts to land the player.


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